Opinion

Cartoonists show solidarity after Brussels attacks

The trend started after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks of people sharing cartoons to show their solidarity with victims has emerged again, this time focussed on the people of Brussels.

Here Mumbrella rounds up some of the most-shared that have appeared overnight since the bombings of an airport and subway station.

The most-shared image so far is from French newspaper Le Monde from artist Plantu, showing a figure draped in a French flag putting their arm around a crying figure in a Belgian flag, with the dates of the Paris and Brussels attacks underneath:

plantu le monde brussles

Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem’s treatment references the numerous other attrocities which have taken place, and reads: “Terrorism strikes again.” The figure clutching the “Je Suis Bruxelles” sign asks his fellow victims: “Can you make a little room for me?”

ali dilem brussels

France and Belgium have a rivalry over where French fries originated from, with chips covered in a meat sauce one of Belgium’s national dishes. Here Belgian artist Marec shows a hand holding a cone of fries like the Statue of Liberty:

marec liverty fries brussels

Tintin is also one of Belgium’s most iconic characters, and has featured on several cartoons.

Here he is seen with dog snowy in front of a Belgian flag in the spotlight crying:

tintin brussles 1

While another cartoon shows the young reporter with tears the colour of the Belgian flag running down his cheeks:

tintin 2 brussles

‘Thoughts for Brussels and the whole of Belgium’ is the message of this cartoon:thoughts for brussels

The Manneken Pis – pissing boy – is one of Brussels’ most famous landmarks, and is featured in several cartoons.

Baudry shows him crying holding a Belgian flag:

manneken pis 2 brussels baudry

French artist Joann Sfar depicts the statue as saying: “Piss quietly – is that too much to ask?” The caption reads: “My heart is with Brussels.”

mannekin pis cartoon 1 joann sfar

Nawak, a Parisien illustrator, takes a more combative approach showing the statue as saying: “Here! A present from Belgium!” The caption reads: “All my support to my Belgian friends. France is with you!” manneken pis brussels 3 Nawak

While another has it pissing on a machine gun:

manneken pis 3 brussels

 

 

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