Supermarket takes all foreign products off its shelves to make a point about racism

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A supermarket in Germany stripped its shelves of all foreign goods for a day to make a point about racism.

The Edeka supermarket in Hamburg said it wanted to show how “boring” Germany would be without diversity, selling German-only products on a busy shopping Saturday.

The emptied shelves held messages such as “this shelf is quite boring without variety” and “so empty is a shelf without foreigners”.

The salad bar had a sign saying “our selection knows borders today”.

The stunt meant the cheese counter was all but empty, while customers had to forgo Spanish tomatoes and olives from Greece.

One onlooker tweeted that the scene looked like something from Cuba.

An Edeka spokesman said: “Edeka stands for diversity, and we produce a wide range of food in our assortment, which is produced in the different regions of Germany.

“But it is together with products from other countries that we create the unique diversity that our customers value.

“We are delighted to have received a lot of positive feedback regarding Saturday’s action.”

A Facebook post explaining the supermarket’s actions gathered over 26,000 reactions.

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