When Belgians were ordered to not tweet about any police activity during a city-wide lockdown in Brussels, they tweeted the next best thing: cats.
There are two ways to react to events in life: out of love or out of fear. Folks in Belgium aren’t letting what the nation’s prime minister deemed a “serious and imminent threat” dampen their spirits.
When the Belgian capital of Brussels was placed under the highest level of terror alert over the weekend, Defense Minister Steven Vandeput asked social media users to remain silent on police movements as they conducted a series of raids related to the November 13th attacks.
In a sign of solidarity, as well as defiance to the terrorists, Belgians began tweeting cat pictures.
Flooding the internet with cat memes and the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown, the people have effectively buried any actual intelligence on police movements that might have been shared.
By Sunday night, the hashtag had nearly 200,000 mentions.
Belgian police detained 16 suspects, and afterward, authorities thanked the Internet.
“The federal prosecutor and the police services must thank the press and social media users for taking into account the needs of the ongoing operation,” prosecutors’ office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said during a press conference.
A people united is by far stronger than a populace divided.
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