Brussels remained on lockdown on Sunday with authorities searching for key suspects in connection to the Paris attacks. On Friday, the threat alert level was raised to "maximum," while the Belgian government implemented measures to stave off an “imminent terrorist attack.”
As police teams moved around the city on Sunday, authorities asked residents not to tweet the whereabouts of raids fearing the suspects would likely monitor police movements.
Par sécurité, veuillez respecter le silence radio sur les médias sociaux concernant les opérations de police en cours à #Bruxelles. Merci— Police Fédérale (@PolFed_presse) November 22, 2015
Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt #BrusselsLockdown— Steven Vandeput (@svandeput) November 22, 2015
Residents responded to the request with good humour, retweeting cat pictures instead using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown.
Raids are taking place. Authorities asked not tweet. So people tweet cat picts. Love my peopleNovember 22, 2015
Yea yea yeah
WhateverNovember 22, 2015