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ZDF turns Green politician into anti-AfD ‘customer’

The Saxon parliamentarian Monika Lazar is the spokeswoman for the parliamentary group Alliance 90/Greens in the Bundestag, but the German public broadcaster ZDF pretended not to know this salient fact.

Published: October 15, 2019, 7:25 am

    Berlin

    Monika Lazar says she does not want to buy millet produced by an AfD member – even if it is organic millet. Lazar is currently embroiled in a media hoax related to an anti-AfD smear campaign: She is in fact leading the boycott campaign against an AfD business concern.

    “We all demand to live and defend the open society,” warned the spokeswoman for “strategies against right-wing extremism” of the Green Party.

    “If it [the millet] is produced by someone with such an attitude, in this case an AfD member who is also a serving member, then I do not want to buy that,” Lazar later told the ZDF.

    But on the show Heute – in Deutschland on Monday in a report about the case of the Leipzig organic supermarket Biomare, which recently made headlines across Germany, because it had removed the organic millet of an AfD member from the range, Lazar pretended to be an unbiased customer.

    The ZDF had contacted Biomare CEO and Green Party member Malte Reupert as well as the operator of the Spreewald Hirsemühle and AfD member Jan Plessow. As a kind of mediator between the two, Marcus Schilka from the Bauernbund Brandenburg had campaigned for the whole affair to be examined so that consumers may decide. Or so the viewers were told.

    Until Monika Lazar made her appearance on the show – not as a member of the Bundestag and anti-right-campaigner for the Greens, but apparently as an ordinary “customer”.

    As such Lazar was cited in the ZDF contribution as an example that the “customers” of the Leipzig organic supermarket were behind the decision not to offer the millet of the AfD politician.

    If the supermarket wanted to continue to list the organic millet in their assortment pages, “consumers” would run the risk of buying the ideologically contaminated product accidentally, explained the “customer” Lazar. Therefore, it would be better if the product was no longer offered for sale. Because “AfD millet,” emphasized the undercover MP, “I do not want to eat”.

    The organic food chain Biomare in Leipzig has since removed products from Spreewälder Hirsemühle.

    This obviously contradicts the “most important task of Biomare”, namely “to assemble a sustainable product range”. CEO Malte Reupert explained that the AfD “denies man-made climate change” and because of his function in the party, “the decisive decision-maker of the Spreewald millet mill opposes the values ​​of Biomare and the entire organic sector”.

    Reupert is also a member of the Greens in the district of North Saxony.

    Lazar herself is no stranger to extremist notions. In February 2015, the Leipzig Attorney General investigated Monika Lazar, and four others after they had publicly called for criminal offenses at a press conference to prevent a Legida demonstration.

    The Leipzig organic supermarket recently had to educate its customers about some of their own myths surrounding the expensive “Himalayan” salt they had been selling.

    The Berliner Kurier reported that Biomare had warned customers in a notice in March this year that they had restocked “Himalayan” salt. But there is no salt deposits in the Himalayas – the salt is actually from the Central Pakistan region, which is 200 kilometers away.

    Himalayan salt is a rock salt, which also exists in Germany and it has no special effect on health: “Much of the properties attributed to the Himalayan salt either apply to all rock salts or are fictitious”.

    One kilogram of the coveted luxury salt costs four to five euros – up to ten times more than ordinary salt. According to Stiftung Warentest, the “Himalayan” salt is very similar in composition to ordinary table salt. It contains only “slightly” more iron compounds, which are responsible for the characteristic pink tint of the salt.

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