Thailand’s military threatens to arrest people giving ‘Hunger Games’ salute

Anti-coup protesters used the three-finger salute from the film "The Hunger Games" as a symbol of resistance at a shopping mall in Bangkok Sunday. (Casey Capachi/The Washington Post)


The raised arm, three-finger salute — a symbol of rebellion in “The Hunger Games” — has caught on in Thailand as a silent gesture of protest against Thailand’s new military regime.

The military doesn’t like it either and, according to the Bangkok Post, will be watching closely to see if the gesture is used by large groups.

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-finger salute on June 1 in Bangkok. (AFP)

The Post quoted Junta spokesman Col. Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, who said authorities were “monitoring the movement” and, if those saluting ignored a warning to stop, “we will have to make an arrest.”

Thailand’s army seized power on May 22.

In “The Hunger Games” books and films, the salute symbolizes rebellion against totalitarian rule.

Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.



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