Socialists Ransack Store Over Racist H&M Hoodie

Protesters Trash H&M Stores as Race Row Over 'coolest monkey in the jungle' Escalates

The H&M shop inside the majestic Menlyn Mall was closed and cordoned off on Saturday after it was hit by Economic Freedom Fighters protests.

"This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended", the company said in a statement after social media uproar over the photo.

Despite rumours on social media, at no point was the mall shut down, and at no point did their march turn violent.

Protesters wore red and danced outside department stores, some held signs which said: 'H&M say "hello" to coolest monkeys'.

Damages were also reported at East Rand Mall in Boksburg, where police were forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

H&M has faced an global backlash this week over an online advert which featured a black child wearing a hoodie reading "coolest monkey in the jungle".

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The Johannesburg police have cleared protesters who were trashing the Swedish clothing giant H and M over a controversial advertisement regarding a black child wearing a green hoodie with an inscription "coolest monkey in the jungle". While officers are monitoring the situation, they said they had not made any arrests so far.

H&M said despite the incident being "accidental in nature", it still took it seriously and understood the upset and discomfort it had caused.

H&M South Africa did not comment on the protests but added that "our position is simple, we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry".

While consumers in several countries had called for a boycott of H&M as the picture went viral, the mother of the child model has said that she did not find it offensive.

EFF leader Julius Malema defended the rampage, saying: "We make no apology about what the fighters did today". The company withdrew the publicity image from its website and apologized.

"We are here to tell them".

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