Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

American in Germany Beaten Up For Giving Nazi Salute

Nazi Salutes Land Chinese Tourists in Hot Water in Germany Drunk American tourist's Nazi salute sparks German punch-up
Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 22:53

It is illegal to display symbols of Nazism in Germany.

An American tourist in Germany has been punched after drunkenly giving a nazi salute multiple times on the streets of Dresden, Germany.

Dresden police said the 41-year-old, whose name and hometown weren't given for privacy reasons, suffered minor injuries during the assault at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. He was placed under investigation for violating German laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans.

Authorities are also looking for the assailant, who apparently was passing by a cafe in the eastern Neustadt district of Dresden when he witnessed the American man's gestures and attacked him. At the police station, the man registered a 0.276 percent blood alcohol level. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police.

The incident comes a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany for making the Heil Hitler salute in front of the Reichstag building, where the German parliament meets. They were later freed after posting a 500 Euro bail.

Germany criminal code inflicts heavy punishment against the uses of Nazi symbols and images, and offenders may carry up to three years in prison.

But as one British paper pointed out, those who know the history of the Nazi salute should know not to do it.