Thai Students Arrested for Flashing Hunger Games Salute
BANGKOK — A Thai theater chain has withdrawn the latest “Hunger Games” movie after several student protesters were detained for using a gesture taken from the films, a three-finger salute of resistance to authoritarian government.
Let’s look back to the touching scene from ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ where Katniss shows her resolve and will to fight after her friend was killed. She turns to the camera and puts up her hand with the first three fingers outstretched in an act of resolve and defiance.
That three finger salute which represents gratitude, admiration and farewell, has become a symbol for those in Thailand who disapprove of the military takeover of the government this past summer after months of protests.
Five of the Thai students decided they had enough of Prime Minister (and still kinda general of everything) Prayut Chan-O Cha’s speech in Khon Khan, a city in northeastern Thailand. The students took off their jackets revealing shirts that read simply, “No Coup” and turned their backs on the Prime Minister while giving the salute.
Of course, Prayut quickly had them arrested, and they were most likely hauled off to a military camp for “re-education.”
The military government in Thailand has clamped down on all forms of protest, censored the country’s news media, limited the right to public assembly and arrested critics and opponents. Hundreds of academics, journalists and activists have been detained for up to a month, according to Human Rights Watch.