Breastfeeding mum dragged out of protest by police officers – with baby still attached to breast!

Shocking video footage of police manhandling a breastfeeding mother have gone viral on Twitter


by Kayleigh Dray |
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The video footage shows the mother, referred to only as ‘Jill’ in the press, being removed from the Immigration Department offices in Melbourne.

She told Buzzfeed: “I took my 22 month old son Manny to a protest…

“I was breastfeeding him when the police came in to remove us, and I continued while they carried me out.”

Slamming critics, who insisted she should never have taken her child to a protest in the first place, she told Daily Mail Australia: “Why are my son’s feelings so important, while the well-being of children in detention a matter of indifference?"

"When a government starts overseeing human rights abuses and ignoring international law, it's time for citizens - including mums and bubs - to undertake civil disobedience,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

"If that means breastfeeding while being carried out of a public service building by police, so be it.

“There are far worse things going on in detention camps."

Jill, who is part of the group Families, Friends and Feminists Against Detention (FFFAD), was participating in a ‘Pram Jam’ protest, in a bid to support Abyan, the Somalian refugee who was allegedly raped on the island of Nauru.

A statement from Abyan > >

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After months of pleading for help, Abyan was taken to mainland Australia because an abortion could not be performed in Nauru.

However, when she asked if she would be offered counselling, the 23-year-old was reportedly denied an abortion and sent back to the island’s refugee camp.

Writing on, her lawyer George Newhouse said: “This is desperate. The trauma will never leave her - this is the least we can do.

“This young girl was raped and left stranded – bring her to Australia for urgent treatment.”

Families, Friends and Feminists Against Detention (FFFAD) state on their Facebook page they want the woman “to be give permanent resettlement options in Australia with her family”.

They add: "Instead of providing safety we're allowing women who should be part of Australia's future to be raped and tortured.

“Abyan should be resettled in Australia immediately away from living side by side with her perpetrator."

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