Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Topple the Tyrants vs Colonel Gaddafi and the British Gov't

Protesters: Topple the Tyrants
Target: Colonel Gaddafi and the British Government
Location: Saif Gaddafi's London mansion, Hampstead
Date: 9 March

The lowdown

More than 20 protesters broke into the £11m London mansion of Colonel Gaddafi's son Saif as a protest against the Libyan regime. The squatters unfurled a banner on the roof reading: 'Out Of London, Out Of Libya'. Protesters include students, Libyan citizens and members of UK Uncut.

Why the protests?

In a statement, the protesters said: 'We didn't trust the British Government to properly seize the Gaddafi regime's corrupt assets, so we took matters into our own hands. In the meantime, we want to welcome refugees from the conflict in Libya and those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the world. We stand in solidarity with the Libyan people.'

What was the response?

The British Government has not responded. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the protest was a civil matter and there had been no arrests.

Media treatment

The story was covered widely with major pieces in The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph and BBC News.

All were largely supportive of the protesters, apart from the Daily Mail, which criticised the squatters for enjoying the Gaddafi house's facilities such as the sauna.

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