When Belgian security forces launched an anti-terror operation in Brussels on Monday, the activity spurred a flurry of updates on social media, as is usual in such events in recent years.
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However, when police turned to Twitter in a plea to stop posting updates and photos of the operation, it appeared that local tweetizens were only too eager to comply, launching an determined effort to flood the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag not with news – but with kittens.
Others consulted expert literature:
While others urged a calmer approach:
Some were left in the lurch:
Expressions of solidarity were also common:
Adopting the latest in feline technology:
That feline night vision sure comes in handy:
Jacques Brel also joined the fray:
As well as another Belgian icon:
Finally, Belgian police thanked the cats for all their help: