Woman, 36, chased by police over racist poster by Rishi and Suella is a teacher who grew up in a £2million house in her home counties

Police are searching for a teacher who grinned while holding a racist poster depicting Rishi Sunak as a coconut.

Marieha Mohsin Hussain, 36, also had the face of former Home Secretary Suella Braverman on the sombre sign at the pro-Palestine march in London on Saturday.

Marieha Mohsin Hussain, 36, grinned as she held a racist poster depicting Rishi Sunak as a coconut being chased by police officers


Marieha Mohsin Hussain, 36, grinned as she held a racist poster depicting Rishi Sunak as a coconut being chased by police officersPhoto credit: Twitter/Met Police
Seven people were charged following Saturday's protests


Seven people were charged following Saturday’s protestsPhoto credit: AFP
This comes after 145 people were arrested in clashes


This comes after 145 people were arrested in clashesPhoto credit: Alamy

The reference is considered a racial slur, implying that someone has betrayed their race.

But friends of the teacher, who reportedly grew up in a £2million family home in Great Missenden, Bucks, claim “there is not a malevolent bone in her body”.

A friend told me The times: “She’s not the kind of person who would ever dream of doing something bad.

“I’m sure she didn’t know there would be trouble.”

The Met Police told The Sun on Tuesday that there had been no arrests and inquiries were ongoing.

There were also several anti-Semitic incidents over the weekend.

Kate Varnfield, 66, a former Labor Party activist, was pictured holding a poster with the Jewish Star of David and a Nazi swastika.

Below the horror symbol was the slogan “No British politician should be a ‘friend of Israel’.”

Her husband Terrence, 73, reportedly said on Monday evening that the couple had been at a police station and did not want to comment on the events.

He told reporters the sign was “taken out of context” and claimed it came from Raelism, a “UFO religion” that claims an alien species created humanity.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said of the marches: “The fear and intimidation experienced by the Jewish community over the weekend is regrettable.”

“All crime must be dealt with with the full and swift force of the law.”

Although the Met insisted the 300,000-strong pro-Palestinian march began “without incident”, a group of 150 people were stopped after firing fireworks at police officers.

After a chaotic day on Saturday, seven people were charged and over 145 arrested.

Those arrested included right-wing and pro-Palestinian thugs who were handcuffed for a range of crimes, including assaults on police officers.

Three men were arrested over “racially motivated” clashes with a pro-Palestinian group who were staging a sit-in at London’s Waterloo Station.

A video went viral showing four-letter insults being hurled on Saturday.

Police visited Kevin Sweeney, 61, at his home in West Molesey, Surrey, yesterday and were also seen at the home of Arsenal fan James Thomas, 33, in Christchurch, Dorset.

Police confirmed that two men, aged 61 and 33, and a 57-year-old man from Surbiton, south west London, were in custody.

A fourth man is being sought.

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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