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Argentine mothers hold mass breastfeeding protest

/ 01:44 PM July 24, 2016
A group of women breastfeed their children at Republic square in Buenos Aires on August 4, 2013, during a self-organized demo to promote breastfeeding and break down the prejudice of doing it in public. AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP PHOTO / STR

A group of women breastfeed their children at Republic square in Buenos Aires on August 4, 2013, during a self-organized demo to promote breastfeeding and break down the prejudice of doing it in public. On Saturday, hundreds of Argentinian women breastfed in public to protest the prevention of a woman to publicly breastfeed her baby. AFP FILE

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Hundreds of women turned out in Argentina to breastfeed in public Saturday, in protest at the removal of a mother for nursing publicly in a Buenos Aires square last week.

Waving signs that read “No repression; nursing is not up for discussion” and “My breasts, my rights; I’m not interested in your opinion,” some 500 women demonstrated in support of Constanza Santos, who police took from the square for nursing her nine-month-old.

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Instead of a sit-in, some called the protest a breastfeed-in.

Supporters said the case was disturbing and that they were not going to let mothers’ rights be trampled on.

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Similar demonstrations were held in other cities, including Mar del Plata, Tucuman and Neuquen.

“This is great because it sheds light on a problem. And police need to be on the public’s side and not work against them,” said Argentine human rights activist Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the 1980 Nobel peace laureate./rga

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