"There is an eerie feeling in Sydney now, like New York after 911,” wrote Emily Ritchie, a Waterloo Columbus and University of Iowa graduate, whom lives and works in Sydney, Australia. \
Like so many there earlier this week, Emily had to go on lock down, when an armed terrorist, described as a self-styled Muslim Cleric and Iranian refugee, took hostages in the popular Lindt Chocolate Cafe.
In a siege which lasted some 17-hours, two of the 17 hostages died and several people were wounded, including a police officer. The gunman also died.
Later, Emily took this photograph at Martin Place, a well know pedestrian mall, not far from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, It's been described as the 'heart;' of Sydney.
Following the attack and siege Aussies turned Martin Place into a shrine, with tens of tens of thousands of flowers, left there as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack.
Terrorists attacks just don['t happened in Sydney. Until now.
Emily told her family, "This picture is evidence that this is the first true terrorist incident Australians have had to deal with. 2 people died.. if 2 people died in something like this in the US you'd hardly see this outpouring of flowers, etc. I mean, that happens nearly every week either in US or UK sadly!”
Leslie Hospitality owner Edwin Leslie says he doesn't have anything to hide, and to prove it he invited the public to view all of the documents, emails, agreements, and financial statements related to the deal at a public meeting this morning.