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Internet Fights Back Against Brussels Terror With Love

HuffPost logo HuffPost 22/03/2016 Willa Frej

Social media users were quick to display their humanity Tuesday after a spate of attacks rocked the Belgian capital of Brussels -- as has become common in the wake of massacres.

Brussels residents wasted no time in reaching out to those who might have been affected, offering shelter and a shoulder to cry on.

In echoes of the aftermath of the Paris attacks in November, people in Brussels immediately took to Twitter using the hashtags #OpenDoor and #PorteOuverte to signal safe locations where people could go if they were in need.

"Not the most practical space but if needed, we have space, tea and love here [in the Churchill area]," Fanny Ruwet tweeted.

In an effort to reinstate a sense of normalcy, some launched the #enterrasse hashtag -- meaning "sitting outdoors" or "on a terrace" -- mimicking the bid post-Paris to continue dining al fresco and not cowering indoors. 

"#enterrace in the European quarter," Julie Huon's tweet reads. "Brussels believes in spring and commercial businesses will not close."

The City of Paris changed the profile and cover photos on its official Twitter account to the Belgian national flag colors of black, yellow and red in a show of solidarity. The Eiffel Tower will also be lit up in Belgian colors on Tuesday night, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announced. 

Twitter and Instagram exploded with solidarity artwork on Tuesday, with people using hashtags like #PrayForBrussels:


A photo posted by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:25am PDT

Sick of this shit. Please stop.

A photo posted by StreetArtGlobe (@streetartglobe) on Mar 22, 2016 at 3:34am PDT

Ato-love Belgium #brussels #bruxelles #prayforbruxelles

A photo posted by Oriane David (@orianedavid) on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:27am PDT

13 novembre - 22 mars. L'hommage de Plantu #Bruxelles #Brussels >>

A photo posted by Le Monde (@lemondefr) on Mar 22, 2016 at 2:24am PDT

#PrayForBrussels #PrayForTheWorld

A photo posted by nads 🌙💛✨ (@bdlndsnad) on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:14am PDT

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