H&M Closes Stores Across South Africa Due To Protests And Destructive Protesters Swarming Several Locations.




The protesters were reacting to an ad in which a black young boy wore a sweatshirt that said "coolest monkey in the jungle."




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. According to the company's website, H&M has 17 locations in South Africa.




"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."