#PrayForBelgium: The Internet stands together
MANILA, Philippines – As details of the horrific explosions in Brussels emerged on Tuesday, March 22, social media users across the globe banded together in solidarity.
Netizens were quick to express support, with #Brussels, #PrayForBelgium, and #JeSuisBruxelles ("I am Brussels" in French) immediately trending worldwide.
#BrusselsAttack & #ikwilhelpen ("I want to help" in Dutch) topped the Twitter trends locally in Belgium.
Among the thousands of tweets that went out in the hours after the attacks, several images circulated online in a show of unity with the victims in the Belgian capital:
It rains on the street. My heart sends me beats. Beats of love beats of love love love. pic.twitter.com/23p4bMAV8Q— Studio Brussel (@stubru) March 22, 2016
One of Belgium's most famous faces, cartoon character Tintin, has been drawn shedding tears:
Some people have taken their expression of solidarity to the streets by writing down their messages with chalk on the sidewalk outside the Beursplein in Brussels:
Op het Beursplein in Brussel delen Brusselaars boodschappen van liefde met stoepkrijt. pic.twitter.com/NnBazgziEx— Studio Brussel (@stubru) March 22, 2016
The Islamic State (ISIS) has since claimed responsibility for the blasts. The terror group itself has been using the power of the Internet to radicalize young men and women around the world. Now, that is yet another battle. (READ: How to fight ISIS on social media) – Rappler.com