07:49 GMT21 February 2020
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    The terror attacks in Brussels led social media users to react with sorrow, grief and defiance.

    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.

    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.


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