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Drunken American probed for Nazi salute in Germany, police say

Drunken American probed for Nazi salute in Germany, police say

An American tourist in Germany was beaten up by a passerby after he began giving the Nazi salute outside a cafe in Dresden, police said Sunday.

The 41-year-old man "was very drunk" early Saturday morning when he made the "Hitler greeting" at a bar in the Neustadt district of Dresden, deputy police chief Lutz Milker said. His name is not being released for privacy reasons, police said.

Police report that his "assailant" fled the scene, and is being sought on charges, but I do hope they don't look too hard.

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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The incident marked the second time this month that tourists got themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute in Germany.

It is illegal to display symbols of Nazism in Germany.

On August 5 two Chinese voyagers were discovered taking photographs of themselves making the motion before Berlin's Reichstag building.

Germany criminal code inflicts heavy punishment against the uses of Nazi symbols and images, and offenders may carry up to three years in prison. The two were charged and fined €500 each.


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