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Thai cinema chain pulls 'Mockingjay' after 3-finger salute controversy

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Katniss

Had tickets to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 in Thailand? You might be seeing a Woody Allen film instead.

Apex, a Thai cinema chain, was scheduled to begin showing the Hunger Games movie Thursday, but decided to pull the film from two of its theaters and replace it with Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight.

The decision comes on the heels of a government event where five students were detained after flashing T-shirts with protest messages and giving the three finger salute—the same salute Katniss gives in The Hunger Games to represent her district, and the salute Thai protesters took from the film to symbolize their objection to the coup.

An Apex spokesman told the Bangkok Post though that the decision to pull the movie from theaters wasn’t related to that event, but did have to do with politics. “We feel our theaters are being used for political movements,” he told the Post.

Other Thai theaters not associated with Apex are still planning to show The Hunger Games when it premieres Nov. 21.

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