U.S. tourist punched for drunken Nazi salute in Germany

Drunk US tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute in Germany

Police in Dresden, Germany, arrested an American tourist over the weekend for giving the Nazi salute outside a cafe on the streets of downtown.

Dresden police said the 41-year-old, whose name and hometown weren't given for privacy reasons, suffered minor injuries during the assault at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday.

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. That attacker reportedly fled the scene and police are now looking for him to lay charges for causing bodily harm. At the police station, the man registered a 0.276 percent blood alcohol level.

The American also had insignia of "unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols", Deutsche Welle reported.

The Nazi salute, which was banned in Germany after World War II, is a greeting gesture used to express obedience to Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, a government that permitted and encouraged the killing of people who were of different racial or ethnic origin.

It's the second time this month that tourists have gotten themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. The tourists were released after each posted bail, roughly $589 a piece. If convicted, the men face a fine or prison sentence of up to three years.

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