Police use rubber bullets to disperse EFF H&M protesters

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters staged a protest outside an H&M store at the Sandton mall in South Africa

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters staged a protest outside an H&M store at the Sandton mall in South Africa

In one instance officers were forced to use rubber bullet to break up the protests.

In Menlyn, protestors had also managed to enter the shop and threw clothing around. At this stage nothing has been reported to have been stolen.

Despite the police presence, no arrests were made.

According to Reuters, the Economic Freedom Fighters protesters have set their sights on six stores in the province of Johannesburg, where they proceeded to drag down displays and toss clothing and other products in the store onto the floor.

"We are here to tell them. 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.

"This shop must close".

He proudly tweeted out pictures of the damage done to H&M stores.

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The global retailer, which has 4,500 stores in 62 countries, opened its first store in Africa two years ago and immediately found itself at the centre of a public backlash when it failed to feature any black models in its advertising. "They (H&M) need to spend more money on understanding their customers and also think of their black staff who will have to go to work after what has just happened‚" said Kristiansen.

"In terms of accepting or not accepting your apology, it is not my prerogative". Many people accused the worldwide chain store of 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 time of apologies for racism are over", he said.

Meanwhile, the H&M store at the V&A Waterfront has been shut down temporarily by the Gauteng police. IOL reported that Gateway store was also closed as a result of the protests.

But this apology was described as being "too little too late" by a spokesperson for the EFF.

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