More than 60 Facebook profiles have changed their profile pictures to ask the Singapore government to #FreeAmosYee.
Amos Yee is a 16-year-old boy who made a video to criticise the first prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and was persecuted for it.
Many people in Singapore and around the world do not think that he should be persecuted.
Amos Yee has already been held in prison for nearly 40 days.
However, in contrast, a man who attacked him outside the courtroom was given 3 weeks and another man who threatened to cut off his dick and put it in his mouth was let off with a “stern warning”. Both men who were let off lightly were members or supporters of the ruling party.
However, Amos, who called Lee Kuan Yew a “horrible person” has been found guilty of two crimes which many do not consider he should be charged for, and he has been imprisoned for nearly 40 days while still awaiting his sentencing.
Amos will be sentenced tomorrow.
We call on the Singapore government to release Amos Yee.
There are some among us who might disagree with Amos but even so, he should not be persecuted by the state for political reasons.
By now, it should be obvious that Amos does not pose any political threat to the ruling party. He should be let go.
Even if some may believe that he should seek further support, such support should be provided outside the punitive measures of prison or reformative training.
How the state treats Amos is reflective of how our children in Singapore will be treated by the state.
We call on the state to show compassion and empathy for one of our own, and to release Amos Yee.
Free Amos Yee. Protect Our Children.
Below is a video compilation of the Facebook profiles (not all profiles were included, at the time of making the video):
An earlier campaign to demand for the release of Amos Yee also saw more than 100 people from around the world take photos to ask for his release.