Thai protesters recently made a symbolic contribution to protests. Photos and news of women, men and youths of different backgrounds flashing the three-finger “District 12” salute have recently gone viral.
This symbolism voices the Thais’ rejection of the military coup and the army’s arbitrary measures since it seized power last month. Protesters have inspired the three-finger salute from the famous sci-fi movie The Hunger Games. It’s what protesters resorted to in order to express themselves and to voice their rejection of authoritarianism after the army forcefully shut down some media outlets.
Hand signals have become an effective symbolic means that represent a collective involvement in a slogan or principle or a state of rejectionDiana Moukalled