Pro-Palestine protester with vile racist poster revealed to be TEACHER after police issue appeal

Woman wielding poster

The reference to coconuts is a racist term which is used to imply that someone has betrayed their race

Met Police
Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 14/11/2023

- 07:34

Updated: 14/11/2023

- 08:04

The sign depicted Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman as coconuts

A pro-Palestine marcher who wielded a sign depicting Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman as coconuts has been revealed to be a teacher.

The woman, who attended a demonstration in London over the weekend, is currently being hunted by the police after an appeal was issued.

The reference to coconuts is a racist term which is used to imply that someone has betrayed their race.

The teacher, who grew up in a £2million home in Buckinghamshire, held up the sign as she marched through London with 300,000 protestors, all calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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Described as “not having a malicious bone in her body”, the woman has attended other rallies including a demonstration which accused the BBC of pro-Israeli bias.

Her mother confirmed to The Times that she attended the march but refused to give comment on the sign.

The teacher’s friend said: “She is not the sort of person who would ever dream of doing something bad. There is not a malicious bone in her body. She would never do something that was a hate crime.

“Her and her family are the most peaceful, lovely, helpful people you would ever meet. I am sure she would not know it would cause any trouble.”


Pro-Palestinian march in LondonPro-Palestinian march in LondonPA

Police are currently investigating a possible racially aggravated public order offence for the reference to coconuts.

In 2010, the first person ever was convicted of a criminal offence for using the term.

A black councillor in Bristol called an Asian opponent a “coconut” during a debate. They were given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £620.

Most recently, a man who was being arrested by a black police officer called her a “coconut”. He was convicted of a hate crime and ordered to pay the officer £50 compensation.

pro-Palestinian marchPalestine protester compares Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to HitlerPA

Kate Varnfield, 66, was pictured wielding the poster, which had the caption reading “No British politician should be a ‘friend of Israel’”.

Her husband Terry, 73, insisted to the Mail that the poster had been “taken out of context”.

The march began on Saturday at Hyde Park, about an hour after the UK took part in a remembrance silence for fallen soldiers.

Police said 145 people were arrested. Most of those people were from far-right groups.

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