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The 2014 Sydney siege was a 16-hour hostage situation that occurred in the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia from 9:45am on December 15, 2014 to approximately 2:30am on December 16th. The situation began on the morning of December 15th when the Iranian-born self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis entered the building armed with a sawn-off pump action shotgun and then proceeded to take seventeen individuals in the building as hostages. Throughout the ordeal, Monis ordered the hostages to take turns in holding a black Islamic flag (mistaken then by media outlets to be a flag of the Islamic State) through one of the cafe's windows, and ordered several hostages to create videos outlining his demands for their release, which included a live conversation with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott via radio and the delivery of an Islamic State flag to the building[1]. Such demands were never met, and at 2:30am the following morning, Monis executed one hostage while others fled. He was subsequently shot and killed by police, signalling an end to the tragic event. Another hostage died as a result of the crossfire[2].

Subsequent investigation revealed that Monis had previously been hospitalised for mental illness[3], had claimed he was once a member of Iran's Intelligence service when he actually had only ran a travel agency[4], and was regarded as a pest by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.[5] At the time of the incident he was on bail for multiple sexual assault charges.[6]

That's not it, however.

Conspiracy theories and other lunacy[edit]

Within hours of the siege coming to a close, events followed their depressingly predictable course, and copious YouTube videos emerged declaring that the Sydney Siege was a false flag terror attack used by the global elites to extend the police state in Australia, that all involved were "crisis actors" and that Man Haron Monis himself was an actor or rodeo clown. Or something like that. While this notion gathered some support soon enough, some conspiracy theorists who would usually adhere to such propositions in the given context denounced such an idea.

  • Alex Jones' Infowars immediately claimed that it was a false flag to act as a justification for further conflict against the Islamic State in the Middle East[7].
  • A Christian conspiracy theorist YouTube channel Edifying Others argued that the perpetrator, Man Haron Monis, was in fact a gnostic luciferian Illuminati terrorist working for the NWO. Their evidence? His surname "Monis" is one letter short of 'monism', a doctrine Christian conspiracy theorists regard as akin to the ecumenical movement for a one world religion. [8]
  • TeamWakeemUP also claimed that the siege was a false flag and used the fact of an anti-terror drill held in the exact location a year prior as "evidence" for such.[9]
  • Right-wing conspiracy theorist SyrianGirlPartisan said she did not believe that the situation was a false flag, though was open to the possibility that the Sydney Siege would be used as a justification in the future to curtail civil liberties[10].
  • In the U.S., Fox News used the event to justify their support for CIA torture, claiming that torture tactics such as those used at Guantanamo Bay during the Bush Administration could very well have prevented an event like the Sydney Siege from occurring on US soil[11].

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