November 23, 2015 8:00 AM EST

As an anti-terror police operation was underway in Brussels to search for Paris attackers, police asked residents to not share details of the operations on social media on Sunday evening. So instead, Belgians shared a lot of cat photos.

Using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown, Twitter users in Brussels and elsewhere shared silly videos and photos of kittens as a way of downplaying the threat and mocking the extremists who launched attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. Here’s a sampling:

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