Friday, June 6, 2014

Thais Show 3-finger Salute

The three-finger salute from the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games" is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand 

The Associated Press has reported that protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop.

"Raising three fingers has become a symbol in calling for fundamental political rights," said anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngam-anong on his Facebook page. He has called on Thais to raise "3 fingers, 3 times a day" – at 9 AM, 1 PM. and 5 PM – in safe public places where no police or military are present. 

 In "The 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, the AP reported. 

Some cited the French Revolution's trinity of values: liberty, equality, fraternity, while others said it means freedom, election and democracy. 

Other examples of pop culture symbols being used to express political sentiments include Occupy protesters wearing the Guy Fawkes mask from the "V for Vendetta" movie. The practice of tying a yellow ribbon as a symbol of support for hostages, missing soldiers or prisoners was popularized in part by the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" that topped the charts in 1973. 

For the Thai junta to threaten those who show the three-finger salute is indeed laughable! They remind me of us Malaysians so skilled at overreacting! I pray Thailand doesn't become another Bodohland!

On Tuesday, a trio of good friends went to Naked @ Plaza Damas, KL's Sri Hartamas to celebrate a birthday. Just dinner and drinks. Here are some of the photos we took:


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