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5 Hand Gestures That Can Get You Arrested Around The World

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Posted on June 3, 2014, at 1:49 p.m. ET

5. In Belarus, clapping became a subversive act in 2010 and 2011 when police violently suppressed anti-government protests against (still-standing) authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Sergei Grits / AP Photo

4. In Egypt, holding up four fingers (often in yellow) has become a symbol of support for ousted president Mohammed Morsi and opposition to the military's July 2013 takeover.

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3. In Thailand, this three-fingered salute can now get you arrested after the military took over (again) on May 22.

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

2. These two fingers are the internationally recognized sign for peace — and a perpetual thorn for non-peace lovers in power.


1. In China, dissident artist Ai Weiwei memorably turned the middle finger on the Chinese government and the repression surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.