A drunken American tourist has been beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, according to the Guardian.
The incident happened at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday morning as the tourist, a 41-year-old man who was “strongly under the influence of alcohol,” left a bar in Dresden and repeatedly made the Hitler salute on the street.
“An unknown passerby then beat up the man, slightly injuring him,” according to police. The assailant, who fled the scene, faces charges of causing bodily harm.
The tourist is being investigated for violating the law against the use of symbols from banned organizations. Public displays of Nazi symbols such as the swastika or gestures like the “Heil Hitler” salute have been banned in Germany since the end of the Second World War.
On August 5, two Chinese tourists were caught taking photos of themselves making the gesture in front of Berlin’s Reichstag building, according to the Associated Press.
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