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H&M closes down South African stores after protests

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H&M closes down South African stores after protests

Earlier last week, Teenzone reported that The Weeknd’s work with H&M had come to an end after a controversial photo was released by the brand. The singer has previously collaborated with the brand but announced that his work with them had come to an end following the photo. H&M found itself on the wrong side of a controversy over a kid’s hoodie that reads “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” The Internet went crazy after the photo was released, as was expected.

H&M stores across South Africa were destroyed on Saturday. Local media reported that destructive protester had targeted several locations. Some social media users shared footage claiming to show demonstrators throwing racks of clothing to the ground. H&M said in a statement that it’s “aware of the recent events inside several of our South African stores,” and it has “temporarily” closed all stores in the country. “None of our staff or customers have been injured,” H&M said. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again.”

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The add has since been deleted. G-Eazy has also since cut ties with the international brand. In its statement Saturday, H&M went further: “We strongly believe that racism and bias in any shape or form, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable. We stress that our wonderful store staff had nothing to do with our poorly judged product and image.”

On Twitter Saturday morning, Malema wrote: “We will never be told by any fool on how to fight against our oppression particularly those who have never been at the picket lines. There’s no formula on how you should fight the oppressor, expect more action against all racists, individually and collectively this year.”

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