We provide as a comment the Sydney Muslim siege affair.
NEWS - channel 7 news helicopters flying overhead
Siege at Sydney's Martin
Tania Rollinson - Australia First Party
DECEMBER 15, 2014
HOSTAGES are being held inside a cafe in Sydney's Martin
THE faces of customers and workers have been seen pressed up against a
window of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.
An Islamic flag - black with white
writing on it - has been held up to the glass.
In a chilling drama unfolding
in the city centre, Martin Place has been shut
down and scores of police are
surrounding the cafe.
Workers in nearby buildings, including the Seven
Network, have been ordered
to evacuate the area.
NSW government offices,
including Premier Mike Baird's, are also in the vicinity.
Two women, whose
faces are pressed up against the window, appear to be
holding up the
Police have closed off Martin Place between Macquarie and Elizabeth
and Martin Place train station has been cleared.
cordoned off the area to about 150m and a special police
operations unit is
outside the building.
Media reports suggest there may be up to a dozen
hostages inside the cafe.
Journalist Chris Kenny, who was in the shop about
20 minutes before the siege
began, said he understood the automatic glass
sliding doors had been disabled.
"I did speak to a couple of people who saw a
bit more of this unfold than I
did," he said.
"One woman said she tried to
go into the shop just after I came out with my
takeaway coffee but the doors
"So obviously whoever is doing this has disabled the automatic
doors to stop anyone else going in and she said immediately she
there was a weapon.
"She mentioned it being taken out of a blue
bag and people were straight away
asked to put up their hands."
office has been locked down.
Tania Rollinson - Australia First
11.13am: An exclusiion zone has been placed around the Sydney
after a suspicious package was found there.
11.12am: Seven is
reporting that 13 people are inside the cafe, being held
hostage by two
11.11am: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- An unconfirmed number of hostages are
being held inside the Lindt Chocolat
Café in Martin Place in Sydney’s
- Hostages have been forced to hold an Islamic flag with white writing
against the window of the cafe.
- Workers in nearby buildings,
including the Seven Network and the NSW
government building, have been
ordered to evacuate the area.
- Police have cordoned off the area to about
11.10am: Airservices Australia has just said that airspace had not
closed over Sydney..
11.03am: Aaron Zelin, an Islamic expert in
Washington, has tweeted
clarification about the flag in the Lindt
This is flag currently held in Sydney window, a garden-variety
Therefore, doesn’t tell us anything yet
10:47 AM - 15 Dec
11.00am: There is speculation that the operation around Martin Place may
terror-related. Earlier today, two people were arrested on suspected
offences in north west Sydney.
10.58am: Steve Creedy writes: The
Australian has been told that airspace
above Sydney CBD has been closed so
that police helicopters can operate.
There may be disruption to aircraft
operating into and out of Sydney Airport.
10.57am: Chris Kenny said he
understood the automatic glass sliding doors had
speak to a couple of people who saw a bit more of this unfold than I
“One woman said she tried to go into the shop just after I came out
takeaway coffee but the doors wouldn’t open.
“So obviously whoever
is doing this has disabled the automatic glass sliding
doors to stop anyone
else going in and she said immediately she could see
there was a
“She mentioned it being taken out of a blue bag and people were
asked to put up their hands.”
NSW Premier Mike Baird’s
office has been locked down.
10.51am:Mark Schliebs clarifies the identity of
the flag. He writes: The flag
at Martin Place appears to a generic “Shahada”
flag - featuring the
expression of the Islamic faith - and not the one
commonly used by Islamic State.
The use Shahada flag, and not one of a
specific organisation, means the
gunmen could be sympathetic to any group or
are simply acting as individuals.
10.50am: Channel 7 is reporting that the
man may also be carrying explosives.
10.47am: Good point made by The
Australian’s Mark Coultan..
Lindt cafe is opposite not just Channel 7 city
studios but NSW government
10:34 AM - 15 Dec 2014
hostage has been forced to hold the Islamic flag against the
Meanwhile public transport has been disrupted with Martin Place
10.38am: The Australian’s Chris Kenny had only just exited the cafe
Police guns drawn. Crowds pushed further back. All
unfolding directly across
from 7 newsroom. Frightening. Up to dozen people
10:09 AM - 15 Dec 2014
10.31am: A woman who was about to enter the
cafe said she had seen a man …..