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Thailand Protesters Strike Back At Military Coup With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute

Bangkok demonstrators borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight a curfew and banned public gatherings.

Thai soldiers after the 2014 military coup.
Photo Credit: Takeaway/Wikimedia Commons

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 him or her. But if it is a political gathering of five people or more, then we will have to take some action."

The threat has only emboldened the protesters.

Check out the Guardian's beautiful photos of the "Mockingjay movement" here.

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Christopher Zumski Finke wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions. Christopher blogs about pop culture and is editor ofThe Stake. Follow him on Twitter at @christopherzf.

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