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