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Cat photos take over hashtag after Belgian police request social media blackout

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BRUSSELS — Over the weekend Belgium’s government placed the capital city, Brussels, under the highest level of alert and conducted a series of raids.

During the raids, citizens were asked not to post about police activity.

“For security, please respect the radio silence on social media concerning the police operations underway in Brussels,” the police wrote. “Thanks.”

Instead of tweeting about police activity, Belgians responded by using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown to post cute cat photos.

Here are just a few: