Protesters in South Africa Ransack H&M Stores Over 'Racist' Ad (PHOTO, VIDEO)


Floyd Shivambu from EFF said: 'That @hm nonsense of a clothing store is now facing consequences for its racism.

The Swedish clothing store known as H&M may have apologized for an advertisement showing a black child wearing a sweatshirt that said "coolest monkey in the jungle", but that apology was clearly not accepted in South Africa, as protests by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) ended with serious property damage.

Television footage showed clothing in one of the South African stores scattered everywhere, after yesterday's protests.

EFF leader Julius Malema said he didn't regret taking the action on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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Protesters have stormed and trashed an H&M store in South Africa after a controversial advert.

"We're not going to leave. We are black and we are not ashamed of being black".

Police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police had to intervene and disperse a crowd using rubber bullets when protesters entered an H& M shop in East Rand Mall and stole several items. One person reported seeing EFF supporters looting the store before police arrived, evacuated the store and closed it, with some protesters still inside. "I get people's opinions, but they are not mine", she wrote.

Others pointed out that the mess and chaos caused would also be left to black workers to clean up.

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"The safety and security of our customers, staff, and tenants is of utmost importance and the affected area has been secured by the South African Police Service (SAPS)". "If they are not going to close the shop, they must just know we are going to be here nearly every day, starting from today", he said.

She said they would continue to monitor the situation and would open the stores as soon as everything was safe again.

The advert featured child model Liam Mango.

H&M said in an email Wednesday that "we completely understand and agree with the reactions by The Weeknd, G-Eazy and others".

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