Hong Kong activists on Sunday called on the Singaporean government to release Amos Yee, an outspoken 16-year-old blogger who was convicted of wounding religious feelings and circulating an obscene cartoon after he uploaded a video attacking the late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew shortly after his death in March.
Shouting “Free Amos Yee”, “Today’s Singapore is tomorrow’s Hong Kong” and “Support free speech”, about 50 protesters belonging to various groups marched to Admiralty Centre where the Singapore Consulate is located but were only able to reach the lift lobby after they were blocked by security guards, RTHK reported.
Some protesters set fire to masks showing Lee Kuan Yew’s face to assail Yee’s detention.
“Criticizing Lee Kuan Yew should not be a crime,” a spokesman of the group said, adding that Yee has been in custody for more than 50 days.
The protesters proposed to send 10 representatives to visit the Singaporean Consulate to submit their petition letter but were rejected by the management office of the building.
After a few hours, a representative of the management office received the letter and the protesters left peacefully.
Yee, who had started a hunger strike, was sent to hospital because of his low blood sugar level.
According to Singapore-based Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, Yee left the hospital on Monday and was scheduled to attend his sentencing in the afternoon.
About 200 sympathizers gathered at the Hong Lim Park on Monday to seek the teenager’s release. The park is the only venue in Singapore where public protests are allowed.
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