Social media users around the world reacted to the Brussels terrorist attacks with a show of sorrow and defiance against the perpetrators, using hashtags such as #JeSuisBruxelles and #PrayForBelgium.
I could live 1,000 years and never understand how some humans find just cause in slaughtering innocents. #Bruxelles— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) March 22, 2016
No God of any faith would be on the side of the perpetrators of #Bruxelles attacks or others like them. Sick distortion of religion.— Father Edward Beck (@FrEdwardBeck) March 22, 2016
Today my heart hurts for #Bruxelles and humanity. Sending all of my positive energy & prayers to the victims and families.— jen miller (@jenerallyspeaks) March 22, 2016
it's just another attempt to create tension between europeans and refugees. chose kindness #Bruxelles— fernanda-marija (@JUNKIEAPHRODITE) March 22, 2016
Many relied on visual images and cartoons to express sorrow and solidarity with the victims.
Tin-Tin, the iconic Belgian cartoon character also became a symbol of sorrow.
The "Manneken Pis" (Peeing Boy) statue, an informal symbol of the city, representing a two-year old boy, who resisted a foreign army which invaded Brussels in the Middle Ages became a symbol of defiance against the terrorists. According to one legend, the boy urinated on a burning fuse, preventing the city's walls from blowing up.
According to another legend, he urinated on the invading troops, which later lost the battle.
The photograph of a refugee boy, currently in Macedonia, expressing sorrow for the victims also became widely shared.