Police use rubber bullets to disperse EFF H&M protesters

Protests also took place at H&M stores in Sandton and East Rand, News 24 reported, as well as * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/192345" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg.

H&M has closed several stores across Gauteng following the protests.

Police officers were seen patrolling around the mall monitoring the situation after rubber bullets were used to disperse the EFF protestors.

"In Menlyn [in Pretoria] protesters also managed to enter the shop and threw clothing around".

"At this stage nothing has been reported to have been stolen", Dlamini said. "No arrests have been effected up to so far", Dlamini said.

Local media reports said the Economic Freedom Fighters urged shopping malls to evict the Swedish clothing retailer, which has apologised after an outcry in other countries.

"We are not going to allow anyone to use the colour of our skin to humiliate us, to exclude us", he added.

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

H&M had issued an apology in response to complaints about the hoodie and its model.

"We can't accept that H&M, after what they have done, is coming now and saying we apologise".

"The time of apologies for racism are over", he said.

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 Service (SAPS)".

The EFF is the third-largest political party in South Africa, led by expelled former African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema, who was kicked out for inciting violence against the "boer", or white people, with the goal of sparking a race war.

  • Sonia Alvarado