German supermarket clears foreign goods from shelves to make point about racism

Empty supermarket shelves

A supermarket in Hamburg has removed all foreign products from its shelves to highlight racism.

Food had instead been replaced with signs saying "this shelf is pretty boring without diversity".

It's in response to migrant-related crime increasing in recent months along with general anti-immigrant feeling.

Edeka, one of the largest supermarket chains in Germany, is now going to roll out the initiative to more stores.

A supermarket spokesperson said: "Edeka stands for variety and diversity.

"In our stores we sell numerous foods which are produced in the various regions of Germany.

"But only together with products from other countries is it possible to create the unique variety, that our consumers value.

"We are pleased that our campaign caused so many positive reactions."

The supermarket's move has been met with mixed reactions from politicians in the country.

A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party called the decision a "wise move".

The Chancellor did recently step away from open immigration policies though and wants to bring in tougher deportation rules.

Supermarket's empty salad bar

It's because she's been criticised for allowing over a million refugees from the Middle East into Germany.

Marcus Pretzell, from anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, criticised the supermarket and said: "Why exactly should it be wise? Is it not rather completely mad?"

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