Downing Street raises the Belgian flag and we tweet for Brussels – but where was this sympathy after Ankara?

Published: March 26, 2016
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Belgian flags seen at a street memorial service in Brussels following the March 22 bomb attacks PHOTO: REUTERS

Belgian flags seen at a street memorial service in Brussels following the March 22 bomb attacks PHOTO: REUTERS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan places a carnation as he visits the site of Tuesday's suicide bomb attack at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul, Turkey.
PHOTO: REUTERS

Yet again Europe has been shaken by the impact of a terrorist attack – and, once again, it has responded in a way that we have come to see as tragically routine.

On social media we have Facebook safety check-ins, Twitter hashtags and sharable cartoons. In real life the Belgian flag will be hoist or projected over the national monuments of neighbouring European countries. The responses have taken on the morbid ritual of a funeral. And arguably, they are important to help us process the inexplicable horror and to give us some tools with which to communicate defiance in the face of terror.

The Mayor of Paris has tweeted that the Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the colours of the Belgian Flag, Downing Street has raised the Belgian flag and the BBC reported that the word ‘Brussels’ in various languages dominated Twitter’s list of top worldwide trends.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForBrussels?src=hash

https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForBrussels?src=hash

https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForBrussels?src=hash