As reactions to Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels pour in from political leaders around the world, people took to social media to offer their own condolences, a familiar outpouring of solidarity and support to victims of global terror attacks in recent years.
To speak with a single voice, people offered their condolences in text and pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles, which means “I am Brussels” in French.
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) March 22, 2016
Among the most shared images is an illustration expressing solidarity with Belgium by French cartoonist Jean Planteureax, better known as “Plantu.” Shortly after a series of explosions rocked a Brussels airport and subway system, killing dozens and injuring another 100, French newspaper Le Monde posted a Plantu cartoon on Twitter of a teary-eyed French flag comforting a crying Belgian flag.
Below the image, which has been shared more than 20,000 times on Twitter, are the exact dates referencing today’s attacks in Belgium and the Paris terror attacks that killed more than 130 people in November.
Earlier in the day, French President Francois Hollande said France and Belgium’s shared horror joined them in “sadness and solidarity.”
Le Monde compiled more images of illustrated support on a Facebook photo album.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) March 22, 2016
— T.V. (@ThibaudVezirian) March 22, 2016
— The Magic Mod 🃏✌🏻 (@TaylorMod) March 22, 2016
Similar supportive cartoons were published on social media following the terror attacks on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo in January 2015. Solidarity online came shortly after the Paris attacks in November as well.
The titular figure from “Les Aventures de Tintin” was also used to mourn the attacks. Tintin was a popular Belgian character created by cartoonist Hergé. One cartoon appeared on Twitter of Tintin crying below the words, “Belgium weeps for her children.”
— Banabarbes (@Banabarbes) March 22, 2016
— Søren Juhl 🎨✏️ (@SoerenJuhl) March 22, 2016
Tonight, the Eiffel Tower is adorned in black, yellow and red, the colors of the Belgian flag.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) March 22, 2016