American who gave Nazi salute in Germany beaten up by passer-by

The attack victim is being investigated for violating Germany's laws against displaying Nazi symbols or slogans
The attack victim is being investigated for violating Germany's laws against displaying Nazi symbols or slogans
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13 August, 2017

An inebriated American tourist was beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, police said today.

Dresden police would not give the Americans name or hometown for privacy reasons.

Police say that the 41-year-old tourist had "an extremely high blood alcohol level", according to the Associated Press. The tourist, who sustained minor injuries, was apprehended by police, although the attacker fled the scene and remains at large.

People have gathered in Dresden on February 6, 2016 to protest against a mass rally of the Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident).

The American also had insignia of "unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols", Deutsche Welle reported.

It's the second time this month that tourists have gotten themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute.

The Nazi salute, along with other symbols of Nazism such as the swastika, are banned in Germany in most contexts.

On 5 August, two Chinese tourists were caught taking photos of themselves making the gesture in front of Berlin's Reichstag building.


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