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#BrusselsLockdown is a satirical hashtag started by Belgian Twitter users in response to the police urging people to restrain from sharing any details of the ongoing anti-terror police operations in search of the suspects involved in the 2015 Paris Terror Attacks.


On November 13th, 2015, the French and Belgian authorities launched massive police raids in search of several suspects in the Paris terror attacks still believed to be at large, including Salah Abdeslam[1], a 26-years-old Belgian-born French national who rented a car and drove the attackers to the Bataclan theatre on the night of the attacks. By November 16th, the French investigators and European news outlets[2][3][4] had identified Abdeslam as a key suspect and the only perpetrator presumed to be still living and hiding in Brussels.

POLICE NATIONALE APPEL A TEMOINS ABDESLAM SALAH né le 15 septembre 1989 à Bruxelles (Belgique) Individu faisant l'objet d'un mandat de recherche. SIGNALEMENT 1 m 75, yeux marron CONTACT: Si vous disposez d'informations permettant de le localiser, contactez immédiatement le 197 Alerte attentat. Individu dangereux, surtout n'intervenez pas vous-même.

On November 21st, the Belgian government raised its terrorist threat alert to the maximum level after determining that another major attack was being planned in Brussels, which effectively placed the city under lockdown. On November 22nd, as the Belgian police conducted counter-terrorism raids across the city, Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput[5] tweeted:

Steven Vandeput @svandeput Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt # Brussel sLockdown RETWEETS LIKES 3,543724 3:06 PM-22 Nov 2015


That same day, Twitter user @JayceLight[6] posted a photoshopped image of two Stormtroopers on Bullet Cats along with a message poking fun at the alarmist nature of the Belgian government's attempt at silencing the social media in the name of counter-terrorism (shown below).

Between November 22nd and 23rd, many other Twitter users in Belgium and elsewhere chimed in on the satirical hashtag by sharing dozens of classic LOLcat images paired with mock headlines.[8] According to Topsy[9], the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown was tweeted more than 220,000 times in less than 24 hours.

Tweets per day: #BrusselsLockdown October 24thNovember 23rd 250K 200K 150K 100K 50K 10/25 10/27 10/30 11/2 11/5 11/8 11/20 #BrusselsLockdown 221,884 ANALYTICS BYTOPSY


Florence @flowindey Picture of Belgium's National Security Council when the door opens in the middle of the meeting #BrusselsLockdown RETWEETS LIKES 5:41 PM 22 Nov 2015 Idafe Martín Pérez @ldafeMartin Belgian police snipers at the #GrandPlace #BrusselsLockdown LIKES 191 252 5:08 PM-22 Nov 2015 Jogchum Vrielink @JogchumV Cat behavior before lockdown vs. cat behavior during lockdown #BrusselsLockdown #Cats Cat behavior before lockdown Cat behavior during lockdown RETWEETS LIKES 258 6:53 AM-23 Nov 2015
Jeroen Flamman @jflamman BREAKING: Belgian police have released a #BrusselsLockdown 乞 RETWEETS LIKES 689 732 4:55 PM-22 Nov 2015 Geysar Gurbanov @geysar #Breaking: Leaked photos of #BrusselsLockdown suspects. RETWEETS LIKES 1,540 1,483 6:01 PM-22 Nov 2015 JaneAustenMaMaschio EXTimUpperClass #relax, Mes amis #BrusselsLockdown RETWEETS LIKES 645 4:51 PM-22 Nov 2015

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in reply to Max

It actually is, as this is a good way to relive stress caused by the events going on.

And it confuses anyone who is using the tag to try and find possible information on police locations for a possible attack.


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