[As it broke]:
A black flag with white Arabic writing — similar but not exact to the ISIS flag — hangs in the window of the Lindt Chocolate Cafè in Sydney, Australia, while an unknown number of reported hostages are trapped inside, some with their hands pressed to the window for the cameras to see.
“Live television footage showed patrons inside the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place standing with their hands pressed against the windows. A black-and-white flag similar to those used by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants was also visible.” —CBC.
No one has been reported as injured in the situation and after more than 6 hours 5 people emerged from the building.
“Two female Lindt employees ran from the building just before 5pm. Three other hostages, all men, ran from the cafe earlier this afternoon and are now speaking with police.” —New.com.Au.
Terrorists negotiating and releasing hostages? At this point reports are saying there is only one gunman — another lone wolf, go figure — and the original guess of 50 hostages has been said by police to be a little high.
One man released was sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Why is anybodies guess, as David Faktor, spokesman for the hospital, wouldn’t comment any further than “he’s fine” to reporters’ questions.
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott made an appearance stating he didn’t know whether or not the situation is politically motivated, but of course hinted that it is, and then went on to say these things happen “to scare people out of being themselves.” Quite true.
It’s way too early to tell, but as the cafè is part of Martin Place, which holds the Reserve Bank of Australia — the country’s central bank — and several other financial institutions, the situation can’t help but to look like another false flag with an ISIS scapegoat, very similar to the Parliament shootings in Ottawa last October, which have been exposed thoroughly as nothing but a means of trauma-based propaganda. Could it be Australia’s turn to justify paying for a war in the Middle East they have no business in fighting?
Extremely quick on the draw was Press Reset Earth — a recommended channel for your subscription — who already released a video linking an article from New.com.Au — Australia’s main news source — from May 2013, in which it reports a terrorism drill breaking out in Martin Place mirroring the events happening in “real life” today, as is usually the case with staged events that get reported as live. After all, practice makes perfect. Below is a short video of a news broadcast from 2013 about the drill.
“At 1am, with the Daily Telegraph present, a convoy of dark Toyota 4WDs, with their spotlights blazing, sped down Macquarie St and burst onto Martin Place to unload a team of highly specialised Australian Defence Force counter terrorism soldiers.” —News.com.Au, May 2013.
Interestingly enough, and conveniently for Australia’s media in televising this situation as it happens, Sydney’s Channel 7 news is right across the walkway from the cafe. Take a wild guess at who is syndicating the breaking footage to all the other networks around the world. And they don’t even have to leave the office. Coincidence?
By Olan Thomas of CUT2THETRUTH.com.
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