Muslim bride's bouquet at scene of Sydney Siege wins the hearts of Australians
Hundreds of people cheered a Muslim bride over the weekend when she appeared in her wedding dress and hijab to lay a wreath of flowers at the massive floral memorial which has spontaneously grown outside the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, where the siege took place.
News.com.au reported Manal Kassem, 23, had long planned to have her wedding photos taken in the city’s CBD, but had second thoughts as she, like the gunman, was a Muslim.
But she went ahead with her husband, Mahmod Homaisi, and was cheered by the crowd.
Wedding planner Dina Kheir told AAP, the Australian national news wire: “She was going to cancel [the photoshoot] because she didn’t want to be judged ... celebrating her wedding in a scarf while people were terrorised,”
“But she made it her priority to visit the memorial site as the first pit stop."
“She did it out of respect for her country, that will one day be the country of her children and grandchildren.”
The square at Martin's Place has become the focal point of the outpouring of grief.
One tweet noted the incongruent mood.
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was also at the scene.
Source: Twitter, Xinhua, AAP