November 24, 2014

NEWS: Protesters in Ferguson Inscribe 'The Hunger Games' Slogan 'If We Burn, You Burn With Us' on the St. Louis Arch in Missouri

NEWS: Protesters in Ferguson Inscribe 'If We Burn, You Burn With Us' on the St. Louis Arch in Missouri

It seems Katniss Everdeen's influence is not restricted to just the Districts of Panem. After incidents involving the usage of The Hunger Games' three-finger salute as an act of defiance in China and Thailand which resulted in the postponement of the Mockingjay Part 1's release and arrest of three Thai college students, new events concerning the famous battle cry from the film and Suzanne Collin's novel: "If we burn, you burn with us" have transpired. The Hunger Games quote made an appearance on the St. Louis Arch in Missouri courtesy of protesters in Ferguson who are seeking justice for the death of teenager Michael Brown. These protesters are tensely awaiting to hear the decision of the Grand Jury regarding the fate of police officer Darren Wilson, who is on trial for shooting and killing the unarmed teenager.

Here's the report from DailyMail:
Protesters in St Louis wrote Hunger Games-inspired graffiti on a local landmark which read: 'If we burn, you burn with us' during their latest protest. 
The words are a quote from the the latest Hunger Games film Mockingjay Part 1, in which the oppressive government is overthrown by rebels led by Jennifer Lawrence.
They were scrawled on an arch in the Shaw neighborhood of the Missouri city and were tweeted by prominent protesters as a crowd of 150 people marched through the streets.
They shut down a major road during the two-hour march that remained peaceful.
The leading protesters have emphasized that they want to be peaceful and want civil disobedience and not violence. 
So the graffiti could be just boasting or a sign that things could yet take an ugly turn as the Grand Jury is expected to deliver its decision any day in the case of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. 
He shot dead unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, sparking more than a week of violent protest and looting that led to a militarized police response. 
The protest on Sunday night began at the memorial for VonDerrit Myers, a black 18-year-old who was shot dead by a white police officer a month after Brown's killing.
The graffiti was covered over with white paint a short while later, but not before it was Tweeted by The Anarcho-Communist Solidarity Alliance which wrote: 'Up the mother****** rebels'. 
The arch that was vandalised is known as the Flora Place Gates and was built in 1897, helping sparking the development of Shaw. Nearly a century later the neighbourhood was identified as a historic district because of its period architecture. 
On Twitter Deray Mckesson, one of the leaders of the protest movement, wrote that he supported the message of the graffiti. 
He said: ''If we burn, you burn with us' is Katniss' statement about the shared human experience. 
'To murder your own people is to kill humanity. 
'Hunger Games key points: 1. Hero(es) are flawed but the mission is righteous. 2. Love is power. 3. We will risk everything for our kids.' 

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