RIOT police have fired rubber bullets at protesters as they vandalised a string of H&M’s stores in South Africa and ordered the Swedish brand to stop trading.
Violence spilled over in at least four malls as the latest race row to engulf the Swedish brand escalated.
Mannequins and rails of clothes were sent flying and trampled on by activists as they stormed shops across Johannesburg and demanded the retailer shut its doors or face ‘indefinite’ action.
Innocent shoppers and bystanders were forced to flee as chanting gangs wearing uniforms of the country’s radical opposition party swept through at H&M stores across the city, including Africa’s flagship store in the upmarket suburb of Sandton.
Floyd Shivambu, spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters party, praised the action, saying the retailer was ‘now facing the consequences for its racism’.
Earlier this week, H&M was forced to apologise and order a mass withdrawal of stock after publishing an advert …
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