Cops on standby as EFF goes on H&M rampage

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters protested and trashed H&M stores in Gauteng on 13 January 2018 after a racist advert sparked outrage

Since then, regular consumers of the store have taken to social media to criticize their decision, prompting the company to eventually release a statement of apology.

Police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police had to intervene and disperse a crowd using rubber bullets when protesters entered the H&M shop in East Rand Mall and stole several items.

The Menlyn store was shut after it was completely trashed by the angry protesters.

He was then joined by another activist in a white t-shirt and the pair continued to trash the clothes.

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The brand has yet to respond to today's threats to close, but South Africa's twitter community appeared divided over the action, which police are attempting to contain. "There must be consequences to anti-Black racism, period!"

Bernard Joseph, EFF Western Cape chairperson, said they were protesting against H&M, and were hoping to convince H&M management to refrain from portraying their children as monkeys coming from the jungle.

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

The campaign group Models Of Diversity, which pushes for more diversification across the industry, said H&M should be "ashamed". Though the child's mother did not see a problem with it, the popular clothing chain apologized for the image. People have called the image racist and inappropriate.

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"We trust that H&M will listen to our demands", he said.

"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)".

The company responded that its marketing plan was one which meant to convey a positive image - implying black models were not in line with this image‚ which caused a storm of protest.

'We're deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print.

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