Belgians under lockdown had a brilliant strategy to outwit the terrorists: tweeting cat pics.

Belgians under lockdown had a brilliant strategy to outwit the terrorists: tweeting cat pics.
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On Sunday night, November 22nd, Belgium's capital city of Brussels remained under lockdown. Police asked citizens to clear the streets to stay safe as they conducted a manhunt, looking to arrest people who were involved in the attacks in Paris on November 13th. 

During this vital, potentially dangerous operation, Brussels police asked residents not to tweet about police movements, because it could compromise the mission:

Defense Minister Steven Vandeput tweeted out asking for support:

Belgians responded in the classic European spirit of surrealism, tweeting adorable pictures of cats to cheer each other up without compromising the police's mission: 

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Plus, the hashtag yielded some jokes on the joke:

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What started as an adorable bit actually became a powerful display of solidarity and defiance.

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People from around the world congratulated Belgium on their brilliant use of the hashtag.

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The police thanked Belgians for their discretion, and got in on the joke by offering a bowl of cat food. Way to be, Belgium!

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