The Edeka supermarket in Hamburg has removed all foreign products from its shelves in a stunt which it claims highlights racism and diversity.
Local shoppers were shocked Thursday to find that a large portion of the shop’s shelves were completely bare. The shop replaced the missing goods with signs in German saying: “This shelf is pretty boring without diversity,” and “Our range now knows borders,” The Telegraph reports.
Some customers took to social media platforms to express their bewilderment with one shopper writing on Twitter: “‘Diversity day.’ Edeka sold only German products. The shelves look like Cuba.”
“Tag der Vielfalt.” EDEKA verkauft nur deutsche Produkte. Die Regale sehen aus wie auf Cuba. pic.twitter.com/MGYlectTRH
— Holger Krupp (@_holger) August 19, 2017
“Edeka stands for variety and diversity. In our stores we sell numerous foods which are produced in the various regions of Germany,” a spokesman for Edeka said.
“But only together with products from other countries it is possible to create the unique variety, that our consumers value. We are pleased that our campaign caused so many positive reactions,” she added.
— Sven (@opendev) August 19, 2017
Some thought the stunt proved the point it set out to make, with Christian Democrat (CDU) politician Julia Klöckner calling it “wise”; others, including anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) politician Marcus Pretzell, slammed it as “madness”.
On Twitter, Pretzell wrote: “Why exactly should it be wise? Is it not rather completely mad?”
Warum genau soll das klug sein? Ist das nicht eher völlig irre? https://t.co/CQ3C8LL84w
— Marcus Pretzell (@MarcusPretzell) August 20, 2017
Pretzell, who serves as a leading member of the European Parliament for the AfD, and is also the partner of former AfD leader Frauke Petry, has repeatedly slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her mass-migration policies.
Shortly after the Berlin Christmas market attack, which was committed by Tunisian failed asylum seeker Anis Amri, Pretzell launched an attack against Merkel saying,: “When will the German state of law strike back? When will this cursed hypocrisy finally stop? These are Merkel’s dead!”
The AfD is currently polling in third place nationally ahead of next month’s German national election. Whilst at first neither Merkel nor the leader of the Social Democrats and former EU Parliament President Martin Schulz addressed immigration at all, recent events have seen it become a major issue once again.
Germany, INSA poll:
CDU/CSU-EPP: 38% ↑
SPD-S&D: 24% ↓
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) August 23, 2017
Last month, a different Edeka location in Hamburg was the scene of a stabbing attack by a failed Palestinian asylum seeker who killed one and injured several others. Police claimed that whilst the attacker was an Islamist, the attack motive was likely related to mental health.