Benjamin Glynn is allegedly stuck “under an oppressive legal regime” for “exercising his human right of freedom of movement without a mask”.
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Someone who goes by the name Jonathan Pollock claimed that he has raised $50,000 for the now infamous 38-year-old British expat and anti-masker, Benjamin Glynn.
According to Mothership.SG, a Singaporean website, Pollock’s Facebook post states that the money was raised to pay for Glynn’s legal fees because he is currently stuck “under an oppressive legal regime” for “exercising his human right of freedom of movement without a mask”.
Benjamin made the headlines when he was caught not wearing a mask on an MRT in Singapore while spewing conspiracy theories on 7 May, threatened to assault an officer when they came to arrest him on 9 May, and not wearing a mask when he was summoned to court on 2 June.
He has since been charged with failing to wear a mask without reasonable excuse, public nuisance, and using threatening words towards a public servant. These charges carry a total fine of up to S$17,000 and up to 21 months in prison.
While Benjamin is getting help from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in Singapore and financial help from fellow foreigners, if the post by Pollock is legitimate, he is getting no sympathy from us Southeast Asians.
Many called for Glynn to just follow the rules:
‘Oppressive legal regime’— A | 🏴 (@azfrrr) July 5, 2021
What a pile of bollocks. Do they expect Singaporeans to go UK and follow Laws of Singapore? Of course not! When in Rome do as the Romans do lah. What is so difficult?
Some even made special prayers for him in response to Pollock’s call:
I will pray for Ben to— 🏴 The Mascara Snake 💄 (@Love_Glucolin) July 5, 2021
a. lose data connection in toilets
b. screw up wifi connnections
c. lose one sock every laundry day
d. bite the inside of his mouth each time he eats his favourite food
e. have concurrent SMS bills from unknown sources
f. fail every ‘I am human’ test online
Of course, Glynn also has his defenders. But, those were quickly shot down with common sense:
The thing is we do not know? You do not know if he is unwell. You do not know if he might have unwittingly spread a virus to others. This is why it is called preventative measures. Do we need a cluster to form around him before we can talk about how dumb it is not to wear a mask?— apple 🍎 (@bananachocopi3) July 5, 2021
As for the claim that Singapore is “an oppressive legal regime”:
The oppressive legal regime that has repeatedly managed to bring community cases down to less than 5 a day. Oh the horror 😂.— Perry the Power Bottom 🇵🇸 (@gayomnissiah69) July 5, 2021