If you’re like me and it doesn’t feel like a really successful Sunday unless tears of joy burst out of your body, consider this Sunday a SUCCESS!
BANGKOK, Thailand — They materialize suddenly, by the dozens, raising a three-finger salute toward the sky. Then they vanish as quickly as they appear, melting into crowds to evade scores of armed troops and police.
They are Bangkok’s anti-coup flash mobs. Under Thailand’s new military junta, which seized power from an elected government in late May, protesting the armed takeover is a crime.
Those daring enough to defy the coup have been reduced to cat-and-mouse games — swift public demonstrations designed to evaporate before police or soldiers can haul off offenders.
The flash mobs’ three-finger salute is inspired by The Hunger Games, the popular science-fiction series depicting a futuristic totalitarian regime. In The Hunger Games series, dissent toward a cruel dictatorship is signaled by raising three fingers; in Bangkok, the salute draws an unflattering comparison to the real-life junta that just seized power.
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i dont get this whole concept of how “romantic” it is to kiss your significant other out of nowhere when they are mad at you or yelling or in the middle of speaking like
that’s so disrespectful who the fuck does that ???? why is this seen as an effective and “romantic” method of dealing with conflict ?????? i would just get even more pissed off like what the fuck