American tourist is beaten up after giving Nazi salute in Germany

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Police say the American man, 41, suffered minor injures after he made the stiff-arm gesture around 8.15am on Saturday in downtown Dresden.

Police said the US national is under investigation for violating German laws prohibiting Nazi symbols and that they are still seeking the passerby for causing personal injury, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. tourist was slightly injured, the report said, adding that a test by the police showed that the Hitler-salute giver had alcohol blood level of 0.276 percent.

The American also had insignia of "unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols", Deutsche Welle reported. The man who punched him fled from the scene and police are searching for him. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police.

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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. The tourists were released after each posted bail, roughly $589 a piece.

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

The Nazi salute, along with other symbols of Nazism such as the swastika, are banned in Germany in most contexts. "Don't do it anywhere in fact".

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