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Photo by John Donegan Sydney's incredible floral tribute continues to grow.

Photo by John Donegan
Sydney’s incredible floral tribute continues to grow.

Grief and solidarity as Flowers Fill Martin Place

Sydney residents have responded to the violent siege, which ended with three deaths and many injuries, by laying flowers at the police line outside the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place in the CBD.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of bouquets, it’s probably about 15 metres by 15 metres and growing rapidly… the thing that struck me is that these aren’t just random bouquets, people have gone to the effort of writing personal notes to the families and to the victims.”

702 ABC Sydney reporter John Donegan

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  • KGB

    Beautiful. It is at times like this I am proud of being part of the human race.

    • Rocket

      That was sarcasm, wasn’t it? Surely?

  • Simon

    I just wish people donated their 50 bucks to a worthy cause instead of leaving a couple of hundred grand worth of dead flowers in Martin Place.

    • burns_well_eh

      Said no florist ever.

  • Betty Swallocks

    Well it was a nice gesture, and a little more sincere than #illridewithyou, but spare a thought for the poor bugger who will have to clean it up. It will start composting very quickly; we were back in the UK when Diana died and the stink was absolutely unbearable from the flowers that people left outside Kensington Palace.

  • Richard

    I see there will now be a prayer fest in Martin Place, to be attended by a range of interdenominational religious leaders.

    All this for a random act of violence, carried out by a lone wolf nut job?
    Nothing to do with terrorism?
    Why the need for a broad spectrum religious response then?

  • disqus_XQTYMFVKlf

    So much more good could be done with this money, ie giving it to the families or people affected, some of them would relish a month off work and have their bills covered.

    • James M

      I think the messages, thoughts, respect and strong sence of community these flowers represent is money well spent.

      It sends a clear message that people will unite in the face of terror rather then fall.

      • disqus_XQTYMFVKlf

        Wow who would have thought the key to fighting terrorism was flowers, we should get a few Teleflora planes over Afghanistan to do some flower drops.

        Its obvious the JDAMs arent working,

      • disqus_XQTYMFVKlf

        FYI money well spent would be

        a) donating to struggling family who cant feed themselves over christamas

        b) giving quality of life to a person suffering from terminal illness but cant afford the drugs

        c) fulfilling a dying childs final wish

        d) a life saving operation for someone that need it

        • James M

          Thankfully we do live in a world where people do donate and support those they love and even total strangers for your points above.

          It would be sad state we’d be in if this didn’t happen, just as it would be sad if not a single person paid tribute to those lost in Sydney

    • Edward Bufe

      More good could have been done but the flowers make an impact on the deed that had been done and the public have shown what they think of these radicals. I am sure there would be no flowers laid for that bloody terrorist that committed this evil deed and evil he was, not some mindless human being that we now should feel sorry for.

      • disqus_XQTYMFVKlf

        How about a service where people could pay to have a message written on a JDAM, the money gets donated to a returned serviceman charity and the JDAM with its message gets delivered to terrorists. Id chip in for that.

  • Media Steriliser

    just imagine how many more flowers there would’ve been if it was real terrorism

    • Edward Bufe

      This was real terrorism, to call it something different is just stupid. Terrorism does not need a name to it. If you terrorise even a single person you are a bloody terrorist. Those gun toting maniacs that killed a whole lot of school kids in America were all terrorists. Whether they be one person or a 100000 they are all terrorists even the KKK of America is a terrorist group, just probably not as radical as the Muslim Jihadists but terrorists none the less.

  • Cadwallader

    I fear that the deceased barrister’s children may told by a woolly headed school teacher that they must learn to understand and get along with Islamofilth. These children need to grow up with it firmly in their consciousness that Islam deprived them of a mother! This has to be imprinted unconditionally.

  • BrutusIscariot

    Meh. Talk, and flowers, are cheap.

    The guy below who said that the sight of these flowers “made him feel proud to be part of the human race” needs to give himself an uppercut.

  • Andrew Gibson

    These shows of public grief at least sends the message to the government that they should continue their hard line strategy against terrorism.