Protesters Are Awesome: Citizens Seize Gaddafi's London Mansion; "We Didn't Trust the British Government"

It's theirs now.

Calling itself Topple the Tyrants, a U.K. group has taken control of Muammar Gaddafi progeny Saif Al Islam Gaddafi's multimillion-pound mansion in Hampstead, London, a tony Inner London suburb. The activists now occupy the property and have taken to the 17-room home's roof with a Libyan rebel flag and several anti-Gaddafi banners. They also have a spokesperson who's talking to reporters: "We didn't trust the British government to properly seize the Gaddafi regime's corrupt assets, so we took matters into our own hands."

Saying it "stands in solidarity with the Libyan people," Topple the Tyrants alleges the British government and British corporations are untrustworthy when it comes to reprimanding Gaddafi's brutal regime.

"The British government only recently stopped actively helping to train the Libyan regime in crowd control techniques," said the spokesman. "As well as training the regime in repression, British corporations are also guilty of providing the same weapons that are now being used by Gaddaffi against the Libyan people. ... Britain actively assists tyrants, corporations and the super rich to rob their people blind. Our aim is to make sure that the assets stolen by Gaddafi are returned to the Libyan people and don't disappear into the pockets of governments or corporations."

Topple the Tyrants says Gaddafi's home, which is now their home, is open to Libyan refugees and "those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the world."

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