Drunk American Assaulted After Giving Nazi Salute in Germany

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Nazi Salutes Land Chinese Tourists in Hot Water in Germany

A drunken American who gave the stiff-armed Nazi salute several times in Dresden was injured when he was punched by a passer-by.

The American man, 41, was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident on Saturday, with a blood alcohol level of.276 percent, the German news service Deutsch Welle reported. He suffered minor injuries, while the stranger who assailed him fled the scene, police said.

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. He was cited by police for displaying the salute, which is in fact illegal in Germany under the country's laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans.

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

In Germany, it is unlawful to show any Nazi images or mottos, including giving the "Heil Hitler" salute. If convicted, the men face a fine or prison sentence of up to three years.

A week earlier, two tourists were arrested for taking photos of themselves in front of Berlin's Reichstag building while making the gesture.

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