- The Washington Times - Friday, June 27, 2014

Life is imitating art in Thailand — unfortunately for protesters, it’s the illegal three-fingered salute from the “Hunger Games” books and film series.

After Thailand’s military council took power in a coup on May 22, it began cracking down on dissent in unique ways. It became illegal to read George Orwell’s “1984” in public or to wear shirts that say “Peace Please.” Now, the salute from “The Hunger Games” is off-limits, Business Insider reported Friday.

Plainclothes cops are reportedly patrolling Bangkok for individuals who break such laws and then arrest them.

“In many cases, their heads are covered with black plastic bags so they won’t know their detention center’s location,” said Yaowalak Anuphan, an attorney with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Business Insider reported.

Individuals who have been arrested are then taken to a location where they will be given an “attitude adjustment,” Miss Anuphan said.

The business website reported that at least 500 to 700 people have been summoned or arrested by the junta for a variety of infractions. The numbers were calculated by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

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