Three women, one of which had her two-year old daughter with her, occupied the UNICEF headquarters in Santiago for eight days in protest of police violence in the Mapuche communities of the La Araucanía region.
The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and south-western Argentina. They make up approximately 4% of the Chilean population and are particularly concentrated in Araucanía and Santiago.
The protest was sparked when three children sustained serious injuries after Carabineros (police troops) opened fire on them on July 23.
The women were calling for an immediate withdrawal of police forces from the the Mapuche communities, and demanding that UNICEF become actively involved in the investigation as the violence effects children especially.
UNICEF have refused to act, reportedly stating that they do not share the methods of the protest and that such occupations are contrary to UNICEF's policy of neutrality. Tom Olsen, UNICEF representative, emphasized his rejection of the occupation and reiterated that it will force the eviction of their offices.