United States tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, Germany

Neo Nazi protest in Dresden in 2014 Credit Sean Gallup  Getty Images

Neo Nazi protest in Dresden in 2014 Credit Sean Gallup Getty Images

German police say a drunken American male tourist was punched by a passer-by as he gave the stiff-armed Nazi salute multiple times in downtown Dresden. The tourist, who sustained minor injuries, was apprehended by police, although the attacker fled the scene and remains at large.

The American is now under investigation for violating Germany's blasphemy laws which are very strict when it comes to anything related to Nazi symbolism. The name of the tourist was withheld for privacy reasons. A conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to three years, although courts often impose fines instead. Free expression is only a right until it threatens the safety of other people.

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The incident came just a week after two Chinese tourists landed in trouble, when they were caught taking photos in front of the iconic Reichstag in Berlin, while demonstrating the prohibited Nazi salute. Similarly, a 30-year-old Canadian tourist was detained in 2011 after being photographed giving the Nazi salute outside the Reichstag.

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