BRUSSELS (CBS NEWS) — On Sunday, authorities in Brussels launched a massive security operation during which residents were implored by Belgian officials to refrain from disseminating any information regarding the whereabouts of police and the locations of raids apparently taking place in the city via social media channels.

While many adhered to the request for silence across social media, Belgians also took a different tact to the request and began posting photos, memes, and gifs of cats and dogs with the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown.

As animals of all shapes and sizes began flooding social media channels like Twitter, the hashtag quickly started trending and became viral within minutes.

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