People In Brussels Responded To The Lockdown With Hilarious Cat Pics

Brussels in its third day on lockdown as police sweep Belgium's capital city for suspects connected to ISIS and terrorism.

Belgium's minister of defense, Steven Vandeput, tweeted a request for citizens to not share information and pictures of ongoing police activity because it could disrupt their work.

Rather than just stay quiet, Belgians had a better idea.

And so, residents responded to a serious crisis in a stereotypically 21st-century manner: by sharing cat memes.

The kitties, and the trend #BrusselsLockdown, were everywhere.

The federal police seemed to appreciate the Internet's best efforts. They tweeted a "thank you" on Monday for all the cat pics.

That's the spirit, Brussels.

Citations: Twitter Cats to the Rescue in Brussels Lockdown (The New York Times), 1,000 Cops Hunt Paris Suspect Salah Abdeslam (NBC)