American in Germany Beaten Up For Giving Nazi Salute

Drunk American tourist's Nazi salute sparks German punch-up

The Associated Press is reporting that a "drunken American man" was summarily slugged for giving the Nazi salute in downtown Dresden, Germany. The 41-year-old American tourist suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault. It is illegal to express or display Nazi symbols or slogans in Germany.

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. If caught he will face charges regarding causing bodily harm.

It was revealed that he was also being investigated by authorities for the use of insignia of unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols. His name is not being released for privacy reasons, police said.

German children give the Nazi salute.

This is the second time this month that tourists have got into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. A conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to three years, although courts often impose fines instead.

Last week, two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin for performing the banned salute in front of the city's parliament building.

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