Brussels' Defiant Residents Cover Sidewalks With Chalk Messages as Tributes Pour In
As the world tries to make sense of what happened in Brussels on Tuesday morning, many are sending messages of love to the city.
Brussels' residents are showing their support by covering the city's streets with chalk messages of positivity.
Celebrities also expressed their support for the city.
Vera Wang tweeted a photo of Paris' Eiffel Tower lit up to the colors of the Belgian flag:
Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted:
Our thoughts & prayers aren't enough for what happened in Brussels today. Remember that these acts are meant to divide us. We can't let them— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 22, 2016
Many stars of Belgium’s beloved national soccer team, who are set to play Portugal in an international friendly next week, called off practice on Tuesday to mourn the devastation.
The team tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training canceled.”
Captain Vincent Kompany tweeted:
1) Horrified and revolted. Innocent people paying the price again. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. #Brussels— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 22, 2016
2) I wish for Brussels to act with dignity. We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be. #Brussels— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 22, 2016
Midfielder Rajda Nainggolan, who was mistaken for looking like a terrorist in the wake of the Paris massacre in November, tweeted:
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini tweeted:
Forward Eden Hazard altered his Twitter icon to his nation's flag with a heart in the center.
Many from the soccer community, who have either played with players from the country or have played there, shared their sentiments.
Brazilian icon, Kaka posted on Instagram:
French footballer Paul Pogba, whose country was hit with a terror attack in November, tweeted:
The image of beloved Belgium comic book character Tintin crying has been spread across Twitter.
From pop stars to athletes to actors, social networks once again became the ultimate eulogy.
Praying for all those who've been affected by acts of terror across the globe, most recent being in Brussels...Heart breaking! 🙏— Rihanna (@rihanna) March 22, 2016
Miley Cyrus posted:
Questlove of the Roots shared a deep message of love on Instagram:
🇧🇪. Love to all our friends & their loved ones & their loved ones & their loved one in Belgium. May we (entire world) heal from the pain of this tragedy. It's hard to not fall into the emptiness of the #ThoughtsAndPrayers hole. But my words and feelings are sincere. Belgium is an amazing place that has always shown us nothing but love when times were tough. I know it's easy to give into fear (yes I dread the eventual message of hate that will be spewed from the ignorant in how to deal with these situations) and react irrationally. Do not give into fear. Nor ignorance.