BANGKOK – A top official of the Thai government warned that Hollywood might be laughing at Thailand for adopting the “three-finger salute” from The Hunger Games movies as a symbol of resistance against the military junta.
According to Panadda Diskul, secretary to the Office of Prime Minister, anti-coup activists in Thailand are misusing the salute, which was originally used by characters in “The Hunger Games” universe to defy the autocratic regime in the fictional dystopia.
“I fear that Hollywood might be laughing at us because, as far as I know, there’s only one scene of the film that featured the three-finger salute,” Panadda told reporters on Sunday during his visit to a state-run childcare shelter. “Its meaning is fictional. It’s a Hollywood work. It shouldn’t be used to create conflict among the people of our nation.”
Anti-coup activists adopted the gesture in late May to protest against the military coup on 22 May 2014, prompting the military junta’s National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) to outlaw the salute, along with other innocuous activities associated with anti-coup sentiment, such as eating sandwiches in groups, and reading George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eightyfour in public.
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