Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Drunk American tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute, police say

Drunk American tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute, police say

While residents of Germany and Austria, as well as many of their European neighbors, are educated on the laws forbidding Nazi symbols and expressions, it's not clear if Chinese tourists are aware of the post-1945 statutes. The incident came just a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested for the same offensive behavior in Berlin.

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

In a statement on Sunday (13 August), a spokesperson for the City's police department said the 41-year-old - whose name and details were not revealed for privacy reasons - suffered minor injuries in the assault which took place on Saturday at 8:15am local time. A police test showed that he was heavily intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.276 percent.

However, the American tourist is also under investigation, as his actions violate current German laws relating to the display of Nazi slogans or symbols.

The Reuters news agency reports that Berlin police officers detained the two men, aged 36 and 49, who were charged with "using symbols of illegal organizations". They were later freed after posting a 500 Euro bail. If convicted, the men face a fine or prison sentence of up to three years.

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

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