Belgians take to Twitter during Brussels lockdown – to tweet cat pictures

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the mounting tension in Brussels, Belgium amid fears of an attack in the city are no laughing matter – but Belgians showed a good sense of humor during the lockdown imposed on their city this weekend.

How does one try to find a little relief in such a serious situation? Cat pictures!

Belgian police carried out raids throughout the tense capital, detaining 16 people as the city remained locked down under high alert Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities in Brussels took to Twitter to ask people in the city to refrain from posting any details of the raids taking place.

“For safety, please observe radio silence on social media about ongoing police operations,” the Police Federale posted on Twitter, according to Google Translate.

Those in Brussels obeyed the request to not release any information on police operations. What they did not do is stay off Twitter entirely.

Many in Brussels – and eventually across the world – used the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown to tweet cat pictures.

Belgian federal police also appreciated their efforts. On Monday, they tweeted a symbol of their gratitude: a big bowl of cat food “for the cats who helped us yesterday.”

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