Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

U.S. tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, Germany

U.S. tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, Germany

The incident marked the second time this month that tourists got themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute in Germany. Tourists appear to be unaware of the law, according to local reports.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning, apparently after a night of drinking. As reported by Deutsche Welle, Dresden police tested the 41-year-old and found him to be highly intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.276 percent.

The tourist also had the insignia of "unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols".

Police added the American national was now under investigation for violating German laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans.

The Nazi salute, which was banned in Germany after World War II, is a greeting gesture used to express obedience to Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, a government that permitted and encouraged the killing of people who were of different racial or ethnic origin. The tourist, who sustained minor injuries, was apprehended by police, although the attacker fled the scene and remains at large. The insignia in question prompted a separate police investigation.

Just last week, a pair of Chinese tourists were arrested for taking photographs of themselves giving the Nazi salute in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. They were released after posting bond of €500, almost $600, each.

"PSA to tourists: Don't do a Nazi salute in Germany", the Metro's Jen Mills wrote.

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