Awesome reason cat pics went viral during Brussels lock-down; they can’t take our sense of humor

When Belgian police requested citizens keep silent on social media as the city faced a lock-down in the midst of terrorism alerts, they were probably not expecting the response they got.

Twitter users complied, using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown, but in a unique way that soon went viral: by posting cat pictures.

In response to Defense Minister Steven Vandeput’s tweet, “Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt #BrusselsLockdown,” social media users began posting pictures of cats rather than report on police activities, avoiding potentially tipping off targets of police raids.

Twitter users showed they would not lose their sense of humor over the terrorist threats by posting endless cat pictures and memes, eventually creating international support as the hashtag went viral.


Tweets soon appeared that poked fun at the threats with mock news in an attempt to bury any real intelligence that might be shared about police activity.



Users created a wave of encouragement, as well, with tweets like this from Brussels resident Gilles Bordelais.


Tweets even poked fun at the attackers.

Grateful Belgian police tweeted a response Monday, posting a bowl  of cat food and thanks “for the cats who helped us yesterday.”


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