Lindt Café siege perpetrated by IS jihadist, Man Haron Monis

December 11, 2018

Jihadi Man Monis terrorises Lindt Café in Martin Place (Sydney) siege

On 15 December 2014, self-proclaimed Muslim sheikh Man Haron Monis entered the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney CBD, and took 17 people hostage in an Islamic State-inspired jihadist attack. He was eventually shot dead but not before two hostages lost their lives.

Man Monis was an Iranian-born migrant granted political asylum in Australia in 2001 (having initially sought it in 1996).

At the time of the siege, Man Monis was on bail after being charged with being an accessory to his ex-wife’s murder (and over 40 counts of sexual assault). He had also recently converted from Shi'a to Sunni Islam. Man Monis had also become a much stricter Muslim in 2007, insisting his then wife wear a veil and not sing or dance because “I'm doing it for Islam ... I want to be a martyr.”

The tragic café siege began just before 10 am that Monday morning and lasted 16 long hours. Early in the siege, Man Monis forced his hostages to hold the jihadist Black Standard flag (with the “Shahadah” in white Arabic letters) up in the café window. 

  • The Shahadah or “testimony” – the Muslim profession of faith – is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam and says that, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his (the) Prophet.”

Man Monis had demanded an Islamic State flag be brought to him – the call sign for the jihadi world – the authorities refused.

Soon after 2am the next morning, Man Monis shot at an escaping hostage, then shot the café owner, upon which police stormed the café and fatally shot Man Monis in the head. Tragically, another hostage also died in the volley of bullets, whilst three other hostages and a police officer were injured.

This jihadist siege was widely reported throughout Australia and the world with the usual politically correct tiptoeing about what was occurring, speculating about the attacker's underlying motivations and whether the West may be partly culpable for a PC concoction of mental illness, disgruntlement and/or alienation. These deflections and obfuscations were even accompanied by the idea that designating it a jihadi or terrorist attack would somehow only serve the interests of Islamic State and succeed in dividing “us”. 

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