A campaign group says members of their team were arrested for holding up satirical placards outside Westminster Magistrates Court.

The group Cage said they were protesting the prosecution of Marieha Hussain this morning who had been arrested after she held a placard depicting Prime minister Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman as 'coconuts', during a Pro-Palestine rally.

Head of Public Advocacy at CAGE International Anas Mustapha said of the arrests this morning: “The crackdown on legitimate dissent to defend Israel’s genocide and its accessories is alarming.

“We are witnessing the weaponisation of anti-racism laws against religious and ethnic minority groups.

"We call on all right-thinking individuals and organisations to stand up for the rights of free speech and protest as all our civil liberties are under attack not just those of those currently incarcerated."

Marieha Hussain, 37, of High Wycombe, is charged with a racially aggravated public order offence. Marieha Hussain pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a two-day trial starting on September 12.