Opposition party in South Africa storms H&M stores over offensive ad

South African Protesters Ransack H&M Stores Over'Racist Ad

Protesters have stormed H&M stores in South Africa, pushing over mannequins and tearing down racks of clothing after one of the retail giant's ads was branded "racist".

"There were few incidents that were reported in the East Rand".

Violence spilled over in at least four malls as the latest race row to engulf the Swedish brand escalated, forcing the police police to fire rubber bullets at protesters. "#SAPS members had to intervene and dispersed the group of protesters by firing rubber bullets".

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says they are now monitoring the situation in various malls.

"At this stage nothing has been reported to have been stolen", Dlamini said. "At Menlyn police also managed a situation where the protestors had entered the shop and threw things around the shop". "No arrests have been effected up to so far", Dlamini said.

Disoloane also issued an ultimatum to the shop management, demanding that they force H&M to close.

General manager of the Menlyn Park shopping centre Olive Ndebele confirmed the skirmishes.

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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)".

On the other side of Pretoria, police officers were on standby at the Kolonnade Mall, as the EFF protests targeted different shopping centres.

Police said that a peaceful demonstration had been held by about 150 EFF members at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "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.

Some Twitter users had alleged that the EFF had already caused chaos at the Kolonnade Mall.

H&M caused an outcry after an advert featuring a young black model wearing a jumper with the words: "Coolest monkey in the jungle", went viral on social media.

Manchester United footballer Romelu Lukaku, basketball player LeBron James and music mogul P Diddy are among the celebrities who slammed the advert as shoppers called for a boycott of the chain.

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