Thai military threatens to arrest people using three-fingered Hunger Games salute

Protesters use the gesture at a demonstration at a university in Bangkok. Credit: Reuters

Thailand's military rulers have warned the country's people that they will arrest people who defy orders not to use a three-fingered 'Hunger Games salute' as a form of protest.

"At this point we are monitoring the movement," Col. Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a spokesman for the coup leaders, told The Associated Press.

"If it is an obvious form of resistance, then we have to control it so it doesn't cause any disorder in the country."

"If a single individual raises three fingers in the air, we are not going to arrest him or her," he said. "But if it is a political gathering of five people or more, then we will have to take some action."

"If it persists, then we will have to make an arrest," he said.

Protesters make the three-fingered salute at shopping centre in Bangkok. Credit: Reuters

Some protesters said the three fingers stand for the French revolution's three values: liberty, equality and fraternity.

Others said the trinity now stood for liberty, democracy and no coup.

In the Hunger Games films, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the three fingers represent admiration, thankyou and admiration and thankyou to someone you love.

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence seen performing the salute in a scene from the film series.