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H&M stores trashed in South Africa over 'coolest monkey' hoodie

H&M stores trashed in South Africa over 'coolest monkey' hoodie

The protesters managed to enter the shop, they stole several clothes, police intervened and rubber bullets were shot.

Protesters in South Africa trashed several H&M stores on Saturday in response to an ad by the Swedish clothing giant, which has been branded "racist". At this stage nothing has been reported to have been stolen. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again", the spokesperson said, adding that no staff or customers had been injured in the protests.

"We are here to tell them".

"We're not going to leave". The H&M signage outside the shop had been broken and red fragments were still on the floor.

The retailer had used a black child to model a sweatshirt with the slogan "coolest monkey in the jungle".

"Menlyn Park shopping centre management confirms protest action at our H&M store, today 13 January 2018", said Ndebele in a statement.

But many have already pledged to boycott the store, as The Weekend - a Canadian R'n'B star who produced menswear collections with the chain - said he was cutting ties with the company.

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"One of the reasons why we, as the Western Cape are supporting our national leadership in terms of this call, is that it is clear that the Western Cape is rife with racism".

The Swedish fashion chain withdrew the green £7.99 top on its United Kingdom and U.S. websites after it caused uproar and quickly issued a statement apologising to "anyone it may have offended".

"Apology se gat", he said.

Meanwhile, the H&M store at the V&A Waterfront has been shut down temporarily by the Gauteng police.

'The extent of the damage is not yet known since the store has closed and store personnel have left'.

The Sandton City Shopping Centre confirmed on twitter that they had engaged with the team leaders of the EFF and that the protest outside H&M would dissipate after they have been issued with the corporate statement of apology by H&M.