H&M South Africa stores closed amid protests

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG, SOUTH AFRICA >> 3

Swedish cloth­ing com­pany H&M tem­po­rar­ily closed sev­eral South African stores Satur­day af­ter protests erupted over an im­age in its on­line store that crit­ics said was racist. The im­age showed a black child mod­el­ing a hooded sweat­shirt that said “coolest mon­key in the jun­gle.” Two other sweat­shirts that were also jun­gle-themed but did not men­tion mon­keys were worn by white chil­dren. The im­age touched off an up­roar on so­cial me­dia last week, and on Satur­day demon­stra­tors gath­ered at H&M lo­ca­tions across the coun­try. “Out of con­cern for the safety of our em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers we have tem­po­rar­ily closed all stores in the area,” H&M said in an email Satur­day.

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