The gesture emerged over the weekend as protesters joined small flash mobs, or stood alone, flashing three fingers in the air. Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a spokesman for the junta, told The Associated Press.
Hunger Games films have been popular in Thailand, but not unusually so. The last film, Hunger Games: Catching Fire made $3.3 million last year, which ranked eighth among 2013 releases. The 2012 film Hunger Games made $2.1 million, ranking 17th that year.
Thailand military rulers said Tuesday they were monitoring the new form of opposition to the coup. Reporters witnessed the phenomenon and individuals were captured on film making the raised arm salute.
A photo montage circulating online paired a picture from Hunger Games with a graphic of three fingers labeled, 1. No Coup, 2. Liberty, 3. Democracy.
BANGKOK The three finger salute from the Hollywood movie Hunger Games is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop.
AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File
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rights has apparently grown to not only target peaceful protesters, but now also silent ones as well since now just holding up an arm with a three finger salute is enough to earn the junta ire.
FILE In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." A fictional gesture from a Hollywood movie is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against a military coup are flashing the three finger salute from "The Hunger Games" as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)
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In Hunger Games movie series and book trilogy, the salute symbolizes rebellion against totalitarian rule, signifying thanks, admiration and goodbye to a loved one. But Thai protesters gave varying explanations. Some cited the French Revolution trinity of values: liberty, equality, fraternity. Others said it means freedom, election and democracy.
a yellow ribbon as a symbol of support for hostages, missing soldiers or prisoners was popularized in part by the song a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree that topped the charts in 1973.
A spokesman for the film distributor Lionsgate said the company was aware of the Thai protest but had no comment.
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three fingers has become a symbol in calling for fundamental political rights, said anti coup activist Sombat Boonngam anong on his Facebook page. in safe public places where no police or military are present.
a political gathering of five people or more, then we will have to take some action. it persists, then we will have to make an arrest, he said.
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