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A supermarket chain in America says it is suspending political contributions and revaluating its policy after students camped out inside in protest.
Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - where 17 people were killed in a shooting earlier this year - staged a ‘die-in’ at two Publix stores in Coral Springs, Florida.
They were angry with the stores’ contributions to Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who once called himself an ‘NRA sellout’.
The die-in was organised by gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Parkland massacre.
He called on people across America to take to their local Publix store and “lie down” in a tweet.
.@Publix is a #NRASellOut
In Parkland we will have a die in the Friday (the 25th) before memorial day weekend. S… https://t.co/dtGSDOT9Xr — David Hogg (@David Hogg)
He added that other people planned to lie down for 12 minutes in two local Publix stores.
Students shouted ‘USA, not NRA’ and, according to the Guardian, caused minor delays at the checkout as customers had to move their carts around the people lying down on the floor.
https://t.co/zXzcaeY6mC — David Hogg (@David Hogg)
Publix told CBS News it would “suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes”. It also stated:
We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate."
After the protest, another Douglas senior tweeted about the importance of peaceful protest.
Just Died-in down with @davidhogg111 in front of @Publix and they suspended they political contributions.
Proof th… https://t.co/9IyrIm628Q — Diego Pfeiffer #NEVERAGAIN (@Diego Pfeiffer #NEVERAGAIN)
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