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Amos Yee posts on Facebook from US jail with help from activist friend

He will stop granting media interviews because he claims he keeps getting misrepresented.

Belmont Lay | January 6, 2017 @ 02:19 pm

Amos Yee has broken his Internet silence.

The 18-year-old Singaporean male is currently still detained in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility in Woodstock, Illinois. This was after he reportedly sought political asylum on Dec. 16, 2016, after he landed at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

Yee last tweeted and posted on Facebook on Dec. 15.

With the help of Melissa Chen, a Singaporean human rights activist who is now a legal permanent resident of the United States, Yee managed to get a message out on Facebook on Jan. 6:

In his note, Yee made a call for donations to help in his relocation bid to the US. He also said he will not be granting any more interviews as his views had been misrepresented.

He previously spoke to New York Times and Reuters while in detention.

Both outlets reported the change in tone and of heart, where Reuters even quoted Yee as saying he regretted making videos about Lee Kuan Yew and religions that eventually got him arrested:

“I told you, it is hate speech, it is overly rude, it isn’t good activism,” Yee said by telephone from the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility in Illinois. “I completely regret making those videos.”

Media requests have been directed to Chen, who will compile questions on Yee’s behalf. Yee said he will respond to queries on his own Facebook page.

Yee’s mother had also previously stated that she will not grant any media interviews.

 

Related articles:

Amos Yee interviewed by New York Times while still under detention for seeking asylum

Amos Yee now says he regrets making videos about Lee Kuan Yew, religions

Amos Yee’s mom declines speaking with media, confirms son seeking political asylum in US

 

Top photo via Amos Yee

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