This Melbourne mom, who is only identified as "Jill," was filmed as she was dragged away from a protest while breastfeeding her 20-month-old son. The peaceful event was hosted by a group called FFFAD (Friends, Familes and Feminists Against Detention), who are know for hosting protests known as "pram jams" that are mostly filled with mothers. Here she is being dragged away:
Even though Jill obviously doesn't think she was in danger, that hasn't stopped other people from criticizing her, and not just because everyone has an opinion about public breastfeeding. Australian radio host Neil Mitchell blasted her decision to be at a peaceful protest, saying on air: "This would have been terrifying for the child...She should be ashamed of herself. You don't take a kid to a protest." Yeah, he looks real scared:
Jill was contacted by Mitchell's program to get her thoughts. Her thoughts are mostly along the lines of "you don't know what you're talking about." FFFAD was protesting to bring attention to a Somali refugee called Abyan, who was allegedly raped while awaiting immigration processing on a small island called Nauru, and has finally been allowed back into Australia to receive abortion services. Much of their work is around the conditions for refugees, like Abyan, who are being held in squalid detention centers. She sent them a statement saying:
As a mum, I think it's really important to teach my child to stand up for the rights of others. At no time yesterday was my child in danger. The children who are in danger are those in detention on Nauru. Australian and international health professionals agree that they are suffering from irreversible physical, intellectual and emotional damage.
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. If that means breastfeeding at a public service building, so be it! There are far worse things going on in detention camps, let's talk about that!"
And here they are in their delightful moment in the spotlight: