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A request by Belgium police for members of the public not to share information of anti-terrorism raids on social media, prompted an inventive response from Twitter users. As the Belgian capital remains in lockdown while raids continue, the hashtag #BrusselsLockdownbegan trending.
However, the images posted were not of the deserted city streets with police cordons, but of cats. The hilarious response demonstrated the good humour of the Belgian people even in times of crisis, as they endeavoured, in the most imaginative way possible, to support the police services.
The images of cute kittens countered the images of violence and gunman that usually accompany anti-terror raids. Commentators acknowledged the witty response. "#Catstorm on #BrusselsLockdown = the best of human nature responding to the worst of human nature. Hope all are safe," wrote one Twitter user poignantly.
"Tbf the very possible idea of angry, confused terrorists scrolling through the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag is making me quite happy right now," wrote another.
While the capital remains in lockdown for three days as police search for fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key conspirator in the Paris attacks, the ingenuity, the solidarity and the good humour of the cat loving people of Belgium, gives us a reason to smile, even in the face of terror.
— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) November 22, 2015
— Amit Bhat (@amitbhatr) November 22, 2015
— Jane (@comeon_dover) November 22, 2015
Great reaction from Belgians with cat tweets! We will defeat these terrorists with our freedom,our humour & our solidarity!#BrusselsLockdown
— living in rome (@livinginrome) November 22, 2015
Tbf the very possible idea of angry, confused terrorists scrolling through the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag is making me quite happy right now
— Daniel Roberts (@danroberts11) November 22, 2015
— Frederic Jacobs (@FredericJacobs) November 22, 2015
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) November 22, 2015
— Eagleowl (@eagleowl123) November 22, 2015
— L. De Beckker (@eLDeBe1) November 22, 2015
— Pascal Dubord (@pdubord) November 22, 2015