‘The Hunger Games” Thai opening marked by arrests

BANGKOK (AP) — Police have detained three student activists at the opening of the latest “Hunger Games” movie in Thailand, where opponents of May’s military coup have adopted the film’s three-finger salute as a sign of defiance.

The military-imposed government has banned the gesture, which symbolizes rebellion against totalitarian rule in the film series. One cinema chain in Thailand’s capital canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its Thursday opening after a student group planned an anti-coup protest outside one of its theaters. Activists say police pressured the theaters to halt the showings.

Two of the people detained were student activists and the third was led away after raising a three-finger salute outside another Bangkok cinema, where “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” was showing.