Thai Government Clamps Down On 'Mockingjay' Movie

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A movie theater chain in Thailand has canceled screenings of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" — the latest film in the franchise based on the young adult book series — because a student group planned to use the film showing to protest against the country's military coup.

And earlier this week, the government arrested five students who flashed the film's three-finger salute at an event with the country's acting prime minister and military coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Thailand's military government banned the gesture after protestors adopted it response to the coup this spring. The country's justice minister said this week that martial law will remain in place "indefinitely," with all political gatherings of more than five people banned.

Michael Sullivan, who covers Thailand for NPR, joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with details.


This segment aired on November 21, 2014.


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