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Netizens post smiley photos as a show of solidarity with activist Jolovan Wham

His supporters include migrants rights activist Kokila Annamalai and playwright Alfian Sa'at

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Singapore—After migrants rights activist Jolovan Wham was ordered to report to Tanglin police for having posted a photo of himself on social media with a placard with a smiley face two months ago, other netizens started posting smiley photos of their own in solidarity with the activist.

Mr Wham wrote on his social media accounts on Wednesday (May 20) that he had held up the smiley face sign at Toa Payoh Central, took a picture, and then left. He received word that he had violated the Public Order Act and was asked to go to the Tanglin police division on Sunday (May 24) at 2:00 pm.

Later, the activist explained that he had posted the photo “in response to someone in sg who got investigated by the police for participating in a climate strike.”

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After he had spoken to the police he posted a photo of himself again, thanking his friends for their support.

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Posted by Jolovan Wham on Sunday, May 24, 2020

But the support for Mr Wham has grown online, with netizens posting photos of themselves holding smiley face placards, or even changing their profile photos to smiley faces.

His supporters include fellow migrants rights activist Kokila Annamalai.

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As well as noted playwright Alfian Sa’at, who wrote, “In solidarity with you, Jolovan. A dissident is often someone who just wants his country to be better than the ones ruling it.”

Mohan Dutta wrote a poem about Mr Wham:

“And he stands 
at your gates
holding a placard
with a smiling face,
standing in peace
as an invitation,
a stand
that threatens
your house of cards,
built on its 
repressive rules,
and tools to silence.”

Standing with Jolovan Wham. "Wham said Wednesday that he has been ordered to report to Tanglin police, around two months…

Posted by Jee Leong Koh on Friday, May 22, 2020

In solidarity with Jolovan Wham!#stopbullyingjolovanwham

Posted by Otto Fong on Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Luke Wong changed his profile photo to a smiley face

Posted by Luke Wong on Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bernice Lee posted a whole city of cardboard people ” also wanting a better future for our climate and the people who depend on it.”

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Many netizens wondered why holding up a smiley face would merit such a response from the authorities.

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Read also: Jolovan Wham starts 1-week prison sentence for criticising judiciary

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