Singaporean activist Amos Yee was attacked at the Jurong Point mall in Singapore on Monday. A man physically manhandled Yee as passersby appeared to look on.
Yee approached a man and asked if he had taken a picture of him, according to a video he shot himself. The man then gave chase as Yee repeatedly called out for help.
An onlooker also filmed the events as Yee was taken outside the shop.
“Just a regular day at Jurong Point,” said the cameraman during the video.
It is unclear what led up to the altercation.
Netizens were split on the incident. One said on YouTube: “Whatever it is, just could not stand the fact that you still got time to take video… Omg if I was there I would have helped him. not just because I support him… more [like] its the humane thing to do.” Others said that the incident was more like hugging than an attack.
The blogger was arrested on May 11 for failing to report to a police station and for “uttering words with an intent to wound religious and racial feelings”. He is currently on bail.
Yee frequently posts videos critical of the government and the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). Last year, he was thrust into the limelight after he was convicted in May of two charges: one of offending the sentiments of Christians in a video comparing Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan-yew with Jesus Christ, and the second for posting an obscene doctored image featuring Lee and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a sexual position.