Following the Paris attacks, officials conducting anti-terror raids around Belgium asked for “social media silence” to keep potential suspects in the dark. Witty Belgians rose to the challenge purr-fectly, swamping the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown with — what else? — pictures of cats.
Par sécurité, veuillez respecter le silence radio sur les médias sociaux concernant les opérations de police en cours à #Bruxelles. Merci
— Police Fédérale (@policefederale) November 22, 2015
With only Twitter, the Internet’s cat-alogue of kitty memes, and national news for company, citizens found a hilarious way to bury potentially sensitive Tweets.
Belgians stuck inside soon found a way to make light of the situation.
— Felix Reda (@Senficon) November 22, 2015
From kitty costumes…
…to famous villains…
These cats have everything under control.
Utilsing the latest in cat-tastic technology.
And following vigorous research of military strategy.
— Maiol Sanaüja (@maiolsanauja) November 23, 2015
Talks were under way.
— Flo (@flowindey) November 22, 2015
Plus inspired use of the cone of shame.
These cats weren’t pussy footing around.
As the hashtag spread, other countries offered their support and praised Belgium’s humor.
Thanks to the media and citizens for their silence online as asked during the juridicial intervention tonight #BrusselsLockdown
— CrisisCenter Belgium (@CrisiscenterBE) November 22, 2015
Belgium has set the bar pretty high, so next time Twitter gets itself in a tizz about public safety, you know what to do (as if you needed another reason to post cat photos).