The Buzz | Tourist gives Nazi salute in Germany, is beaten up

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

An American tourist in Germany was beaten up by a passerby after he began giving the Nazi salute outside a cafe in Dresden, police said Sunday.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning, apparently after a night of drinking. As reported by Deutsche Welle, Dresden police tested the 41-year-old and found him to be highly intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.276 percent.

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 American citizen - whose identity is now being withheld - is being investigated for violating German law that strictly forbids the use of Nazi symbols. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police.

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This is the second time this month that tourists have got into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. They were released after each posted bail of 500 euros, or almost $600.

Public displays of Nazi symbols like the swastika or gestures like the "Heil Hitler" salute have been banned in Germany since the end of World War II.

But as one British paper pointed out, those who know the history of the Nazi salute should know not to do it. "Don't do it anywhere in fact".

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