Mews and Nips: Belgians Fight Terror Lockdown by Tweeting Pictures of Cats


You’ve probably seen the images by now: last weekend, when the city of Brussel was on lockdown due to an elevated terror threat, Belgians flooded Twitter with images of cats, using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown. The meme began Sunday night, when Belgian police asked the public to not share police movements on social media. The goal was silence – but in response, Belgians started flooding Twitter with picture of cats. Some say it was an effort to lighten the mood and show solidarity in a frightening situation, but Canadian news outlet CBC explains that there was more to it: by flooding Twitter with the hashtag, they essentially created a “needle in the haystack” situation so that if anyone had violated the silence, it would have been completely ineffective. For a more in depth explanation, visit For a sample of #BrusselsLockdown cat tweets, visit

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1 Comment on Mews and Nips: Belgians Fight Terror Lockdown by Tweeting Pictures of Cats

  1. Janine
    November 28, 2015 at 8:16 am (5 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea. There’s nothing better than looking at cats.


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