Protesters angered by a “racist” ad from H&M vandalized some of the clothing chain’s stores in South Africa.
According to police reports, members from the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) group targeted six shops in Gauteng province.
Video posted on social media showed racks of clothes being pushed to the floor.
In one location, rubber bullets were fired to disperse demonstrators. While officers are monitoring the situation, they said they had not made any arrests so far.
The controversy began when the chain issued an image of a black child modelling a sweatshirt with the slogan “Coolest monkey in the jungle”.
In an apology on its local website, H&M said: “Our position is simple: we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.”
The company said it had removed the image from all its marketing.