Shocking picture at Sydney cafe siege site: People take selfies
As a gunman takes people hostage in a café in Sydney, some people decide to take selfies just 100m away. And after these pictures made their way to Twitter and Instagram, hundreds expressed shock and anger.world Updated: Dec 16, 2014 03:50 IST
A gunman takes people hostage in a café in Sydney and forces his captives to hold up an Islamist flag. In the grip of panic, just 100m away from the café some people decide to take selfies.
As these picture made their way to Twitter and Instagram, hundreds took to social media expressing shock and anger at the 'lack of empathy' of the people taking pictures at Martin Place.
"To the tourists taking selfies outside the #SydneySiege - how would you like to be in that café?" tweeted Jeremy Guy Vine an English author, journalist and a news presenter with British broadcaster BBC.
A man was seen going as far as using a selfie stick to take pictures.
Mark Di Stefano, Breaking News Reporter for BuzzFeed in Australia, even shared the picture of a man who had apparently brought his two young daughters at the scene to pose and take pictures.
Many bystanders at the scene took pictures of those taking cheery pictures and posted them on personal timelines, expressing anger over them. These were re-shared vigourously and were criticised by many users.
"If you took a selfie out the front of #sydneysiege, you deserve a high five... In the face... with a chair...." tweeted @catiecait, a Sydney resident.
Australian @driestmartini tweeted, "If you post a #sydneysiege selfie on my timeline, you will be blocked, because you are a sad sick pathetic idiot"
Many users suggested these selfie enthusiasts should take the hostages' place inside the café. "Next person caught taking a selfie outside the #sydneysiege should be thrown into the cafe instead of one of the hostages." tweeted @JoeBaia, a user from London.
Some of the selfies were taken down following the outrage.
This is not the first time that people have been slammed for taking selfies at inappropriate times. A few months ago, similar outrage was widespread on Twitter after people took selfies with the soldiers during the military coup in Thailand.