Social media users around the world have paid tribute to the 34 people who lost their lives in a series of blasts across Brussels by sharing cartoons that undermine the terrorists responsible.
In a symbol of mass defiance, hundreds have posted images that show the boy from the city’s iconic Manneken Pis statue – who is depicted urinating into a fountain – relieving himself on ISIS fighters.
They have also adopted the phrase ‘Je suis’, which became a hallmark of support for France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, using #jesuisbruxelles in a show of solidarity with Brussels.
Others tweeted pictures of Tintin – one of the country’s most popular exports – mourning those who lost their lives in blasts at Brussels Airport and a crowded Metro station.
Other images showed the flags of France and Belgium standing together as the French illustration labelled ’13 Novembre’ – the date of the Paris attacks – places its arm around its Belgian companion.
Many were simply love hearts drawn in the distinctive Belgian colours of red, black and yellow, while others had ribbons inset.
Another showed the legendary Belgian creation Tintin crying a solitary tear. The caption read: La belgique pleure ses enfants, which translates to ‘Belgium weeps for her children’.
The French ‘Je suis’ hashtag first gained international popularity in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks on January 15 last year.
It again resurfaced following the Paris attacks in November, when ISIS terrorists murdered 130 people in coordinated gun and suicide bomb attacks.
In the wake of the two atrocities, thousands attended rallies carrying placards bearing the phrase, while it was also used on social media as a focal point for tributes.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo today announced the Eiffel Tower will be bathed in black, yellow and red light in homage to ‘the victims, their loved ones and all the people of Belgium’.
‘Today Europe is targeted at her heart,’ Hidalgo said. ‘Once more it is basic values that are attacked: freedom, humanism, tolerance and unshakeable commitment to democracy.’
She expressed her ‘full solidarity and that of Parisians,’ the statement said, adding that the mayor spoke to Brussels counterpart Yvan Mayeur to ‘tell him how much we share their sadness and grief’.
And French President Francois Hollande said that attacks in Brussels that killed at about 35 people struck at ‘the whole of Europe’.
‘Through the attacks in Brussels, the whole of Europe has been hit,’ he said in a statement, urging the continent to take ‘vital steps in the face of the seriousness of the threat’.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: ‘We are at war. Over the past few months in Europe, we have endured several acts of war’.
The November 13 attacks in Paris claimed 130 lives, 10 months after attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket left 17 dead.
Several of the jihadists involved came from Brussels.
The last surviving jihadist of a 10-man team who carried out the November attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Belgium on Friday, where the attackers had rear bases and what appears to be an extensive network of support.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.