Twitter Cats to the Rescue in Brussels Lockdown

This is Maartje, a cat from Ghent, Belgium. She will not be intimidated. Photo Credit: Sigrid Dufraimont

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As the hunt for terrorism suspects intensified in Brussels, the authorities requested that Belgians refrain from posting messages on Sunday that might expose or interfere with police operations.

The people of Twitter decided to respond with what will now be known as an internationally recognized symbol of solidarity: cat photos.

…Within the hour, magical Internet memes were deployed to cut the tension.

The cats appeared with machine guns, French fries and beer to comfort the citizens of Brussels, who need it: They were told to stay away from subways, schools and shopping centers as officials maintained the highest possible terror alert level, and no end to the lockdown is in sight.