Protestors in Thailand Have Adopted the ‘Hunger Games’ Three-Finger Salute
Katniss Everdeen would be so proud.
Protestors against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand have been borrowing a symbolic gesture from The Hunger Games as an act of rebellion.
#thaicoup 3:20pm Anti-coup protesters at BACC, gesturing at the police officers who just arrived. pic.twitter.com/DHtrmu3dKy
— Thanyarat Doksone (@8td) June 1, 2014
anti #Thaicoup. Cat and mouse in #Bangkok pic.twitter.com/QlthxWoDLX
— Nirmal Ghosh (@karmanomad) June 1, 2014
Dear #HungerGames. We've taken your sign as our own. Our struggle is non-fiction. Thanks. #ThaiCoup #Thailand pic.twitter.com/nGaYJIdj05
— Manik Sethisuwan (@ManikSethisuwan) June 1, 2014
“We know it comes from the movie, and let’s say it represents resistance against the authorities,” a spokesperson for the junta told the AP.
“If a single individual raises three fingers in the air, we are not going to arrest him or her. But if it is a political gathering of five people or more, then we will have to take some action . . . If it persists, then we will have to make an arrest,” the spokesperson added.
Residents in Thailand have been living with a curfew among other new rules since the military coup. The curfew was amended this week to exclude tourist destinations.