American tourist is beaten up after performing Nazi salute in Germany

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

A drunk American man was punched as he gave a Nazi salute in the German city of Dresden, police said.

The assailant, who fled the scene and has yet to be tracked down, is also being sought by police and may be questioned for his actions.

Dresden police said the 41-year-old tourist suffered minor injuries in the assault, which took place at 8am on Saturday, reported Associated Press.

In Germany, it is illegal to display any Nazi symbols or slogans, including giving the "Heil Hitler" salute. His name is not being released for privacy reasons, police said.

The tourists received a relatively light punishment, as displaying such gestures or brandishing certain Nazi memorabilia can result in a prison sentence of up to three years in Germany. Free expression is only a right until it threatens the safety of other people.

It comes just a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested taking photos of themselves doing the salute in front of the Reichstag building.

Germany is not the only European country to ban the salute.

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