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Drunk American tourist punched, arrested after giving Nazi salute in Germany

Drunk American tourist punched, arrested after giving Nazi salute in Germany

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 attacker wasn't caught, but that punch had a lingering, positive impact: the American, a 41-year-old man who was found by police to have "an extremely high blood alcohol level", according to The Associated Press, is now in legal trouble himself.

It was revealed that he was also being investigated by authorities for the use of insignia of unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols. The two tourists were fined almost $600 each but were permitted to leave the country with their tour group, police said. He suffered minor injuries, while the stranger who assailed him fled the scene, police said. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police.

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The Dresden incident occurred just a week after two Chinese tourists were detained for giving Nazi salutes outside Berlin's Reichstag, once home to the Imperial Diet. The tourists were released after each posted bail, roughly $589 a piece.

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

But as one British paper pointed out, those who know the history of the Nazi salute should know not to do it.