The Bank of Thailand has called on people not to write on or mark
bank notes, according to a story posted June 17 on the Bangkok
The central bank’s request came after images of bank notes bearing
the anti-coup three-finger salute (think the District 12 sign made by
the fictional character Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games)
The bank urged people to use bank notes correctly to extend the
notes’ viability and save the country’s resources.
Each year, billions of new bank notes are printed, and 80 percent of
them are to replace degraded notes, according to the central bank.
The bank advised people who have notes with marks to exchange them
for new ones at the Government Savings Bank and commercial banks.
According to a bank spokeswoman, there is no punishment for people
who mark or write anything on bank notes. However the central bank
seeks cooperation from the public to use notes as intended.
According to a recent posting at the Smithsonian magazine’s website,
www.smithsonian.com, the salute from the fictional
dystopian world of The Hunger Games has morphed into a way Thai
citizens silently protest the recent military coup. Making the gesture
officially illegal is apparently under consideration by Thai junta
officials, according to the Smithsonian post.