H&M stores trashed in protest over 'racist' hoodie

H&M stores trashed in protest over 'racist' hoodie

The wave of attacks were organized in advance of the stores' openings on Saturday, and celebrated by Floyd Shivambu, a spokesman for the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters party, stating that the retailer is "facing the consequences for its racism". We don't want them to say anything to us, we are telling them to close the shop.

South African police have used rubber bullets to disperse a mob trashing H&M stores in and around Johannesburg, after the brand used a controversial picture of a black child.

"We are here to tell them".

H&M this week pulled the garment in question from its stores and apologised.

"Our marketing policy, campaign productions and work is something we constantly discuss internally and with creative professionals".

However, shortly after H&M's HR manager Randall April read out the formal apology relating to the advert to the protestors, which was issued by H&M worldwide on January 9, Joseph was quick to voice his disappointment. Many people accused the global chain store of racism.

"We apologise if we have upset anyone as this wasn't our intention".

H&M stores trashed in protest over 'racist' hoodie
H&M stores trashed in protest over 'racist' hoodie

She said the hoodie was "one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled", and urged people to "stop crying wolf all the time".

In Cape Town, the store manager read the retailer's statement to irate protesters.

The Sandton Chronicle reported Police Captain Granvile Meyer said: 'The EFF supporters have caused damage inside the [H&M] store.

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".

H&M already issued an apology on Monday after the advertisement went viral on social media and was widely criticized.

"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 Services (SAPS)", said Menlyn Park.

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