The Hunger Games Salute Has Been Adopted By A Real World Struggle In Thailand

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We found this tweet through The Hollywood Reporter who write “protestors have begun flashing the gesture as an act of defiant solidarity against the recent takeover of Thailand’s civilian government by the military.” 

They continue:

After taking power in a coup on May 22, Thailand’s military instituted a nationwide curfew — first set at 10 pm, later moved to midnight — and banned public gatherings of more than five people. On Tuesday, the military lifted the curfew in key beach destinations in an effort to diminish the damage being done to the country’s tourism industry.

Local and international media have also been muzzled, with imported TV channels such as CNN, BBC, HBO and the Disney Channel pulled off the air, local journalists warned not to criticize the coup, and the military threatening to censor Facebook and Twitter if it perceives that the services are being used to organize opposition.

Without knowing too much about the situation, I can only say attaching yourself to a Hollywood blockbuster is a great idea to get the word out about your cause and we can’t help but be reminded of how Anonymous adopted the V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask for their protest symbol.

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