Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute

Here is pop culture made revolutionary, with a Hunger Games gesture actually illegal, achieving greater meaning! Mockingjay leadership, indeed!

The Stake

This article originally appeared at YES! Magazine.

In Bangkok, Thailand, protesters have taken to the streets against a military junta that seized power late in May—and they’re using the three-fingered salute from The Hunger Games as a symbol of their opposition to the new government.

According the protesters, the salute is a symbol of “freedom, equality, and brotherhood.” They have acknowledged via Twitter that they borrowed salute from Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of the Hunger Games films.

Thailand’s new military government has instituted a national curfew and banned public gatherings of more than five people.

It has also specifically banned the three-finger salute when used by large groups. “We know it comes from the movie, and let’s say it represents resistance against the authorities,” a spokesman for the junta told the Associated Press. “If a single individual raises three fingers in the air, we are not going to arrest…

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