Protests in South Africa forced dozens of stores of the country’s largest pharmacy chain to close on Monday after an advert accused of racism triggered widespread anger. Leaders of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party led the protests against the nationwide retailer Clicks. The EFF said it wants the retail chain to shut for five days. The government issued a statement over the advertisement, saying it felt “disturbed by the crude racist display,” but added that the “acts of lawlessness of vandalizing and burning down” of Clicks stores “go against the spirit of peace and respect for human rights.” The advertisement in question depicts a black woman’s natural hair with the caption, “dry, damaged hair,” and a white woman with the caption, “fine, flat hair.” Protesters accused the retailer of racism and of being insensitive toward Black people’s identity and physical characteristics. In Polokwane, Limpopo province, EFF leader Julius Malema led a group of more than 100 supporters who chanted in front of a Clicks store. “We need justice, not apology,” Malema told French news agency AFP. “Who calls black people ugly?” “White people insult us and they apologize, they think that is the end,” he said. ”We have been projected… Read full this story
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