Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Cops on standby as EFF goes on H&M rampage

Cops on standby as EFF goes on H&M rampage

Speaking outside the H&M in Menlyn Mall, Tshwane chairperson of the EFF, Benjamin Disoloane, said the protest was against H&M, which was a "racist shop" based on their actions as reported on in the media. "Police had to intervene and dispersed the group of protesters by firing rubber bullets", Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said. "At Menlyn police also managed a situation where the protestors had entered the shop and threw things around the shop".

Video footage posted to social media on Saturday (local time) showed members of the Economic Freedom Fighters - a socialist South African political party - outside the Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg blocking access to the store.

However, that hasn't proven to be enough for many as one of their stores in Gauteng, South Africa, was ransacked by disgruntled protesters, and it reportedly won't be the last.

Police said they were monitoring the protests, but that they had made no arrests so far. "We are going to be here, but the security has told us everything is fine", he said.

"We're not going to leave".

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

While music mogul P Diddy tweeted an altered version of the image, saying: "Put some respect on it! when you look at us make sure you see royalty and super-natural God sent glory".

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

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

"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 USA websites after it caused uproar and quickly issued a statement apologising to "anyone it may have offended".

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

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