On Saturday night, as a huge counter terrorism operation took place across Brussels, the local police tweeted asking people not to report police movements online. The Belgian capital has been on lockdown since Saturday, while the search for the Paris gunman continued. People have been discussing events online with the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag.
Par sécurité, veuillez respecter le silence radio sur les médias sociaux concernant les opérations de police en cours à #Bruxelles. Merci
— Police Fédérale (@PolFed_presse) November 22, 2015
But by the end of the weekend, the hashtag had been taken over in a hilarious and quite adorable fashion, in a spontaneous and hive-minded attempt to ensure any operational details were swamped. Swamped with what? Why, with pictures of cats, what else?
— Gilles Bordelais (@Gilles_PPDE) November 22, 2015
— Jayce le Satirique (@jaycelight) November 22, 2015
Through all the messages of solidarity…
— Maiol Sanaüja (@maiolsanauja) November 23, 2015
…the general theme was clear…
— Florence (@flowindey) November 22, 2015
…cats are taking control, and terrorists don’t stand a chance.
— Lore De Witte (@loredewitte) November 22, 2015
Fans of man’s best friend were less convinced, however…
— Becky Michele (@becky_michele) November 24, 2015
But the Brussels police were very appreciative, tweeting: “To all the cats that helped us last night, help yourselves!”
— Police Fédérale (@PolFed_presse) November 23, 2015