This Pissing Statue Is Becoming A Symbol Of Belgium's Attitude To Terrorism

    "To those who want to frighten us, here is our answer."

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    In the wake of terrorist attacks that have caused death and injuries in Brussels, French and Belgian social media users have been expressing solidarity with images of "Mannekin Pis" – "The Little Peeing Boy".

    Le Manneken Pis c'est le symbole de l'esprit frondeur de #Bruxelles. Ce Manneken ne va pas s’arrêter de pisser !

    "Manneken Pis is the symbol of the rebellious spirit of #Brussels. This Manneken will not stop pissing!"

    The statue, which can be found close to the city's Grand Place, dates from the 17th century.

    À ceux qui veulent nous faire peur, voici notre réponse >>> #Zaventem #PrayForBruxelles #JeSuisBelge

    "To those who want to frighten us, here is our answer >>> #Zaventem #PrayForBruxelles #JeSuisBelge"

    "Is it too much to ask to be able to piss in peace?"

    Manneken Pis stays calm: "Still pissing!" #stillpissing #brussels #zaventem #maelbeek

    "Manneken Pis stays calm: 'Still pissing!' #stillpissing #brussels #zaventem #maelbeek"

    Une pensée pour #Bruxelles et la #Belgique ce matin #PrayForBelgium #JeSuisBelge 🇫🇷 ❤️ 🇧🇪 🍫🍫🍫

    "A thought for #Brussels and #Belgium this morning #PrayForBelgium #JeSuisBelge"

    "Mannekin Pis on your bombs."

    Other users have changed the word "Pis" to "Peace" when sharing it.

    Terrorists will never destroy Belgium! #Brussels #Bruxelles #mannekenpeace

    "Terrorists will never destroy Belgium! #Brussels #Bruzelles #MannekenPeace"

    Comme le chantait si bien John Lennon "give manneken pisse a chance" #Bruxelles

    "As John Lennon sang so well, give Manneken Piss a chance #Bruxelles"

    "Manneken #Peace #JeSuisBelge"

    #zaventem #tousensemble La Belgique #Bruxelles PEACE FOR BELGIUM https://t.co/QAYLEuQbzp

    "#Zaventem #TousEnsemble La Belgique #Bruxelles PEACE FOR BELGIUM"

    Other images show the Manneken crying.

    Manneken pis pleure, huilt, cries #Brussels #brusselsairport #brusselslockdown ... et Moi je suis sans voix!

    "Manneken Pis crys, howls #Brussels #BrusselsAirport #BrusselsLockdown ... and me I am speechless!"

    #Terrorism, Brussels Thoughtsby @broelman © #VoteALP #abcnews24 https://t.co/1d0spItrRq #auspol 😄

    Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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