American tourist in Germany beaten for making Heil Hitler salure

Drunken US Tourist Gives Punch Nazi Salute in Germany Bar

An inebriated American tourist was beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, police said Sunday. The search for his attacker, who fled the scene, is ongoing.

The incident occurred about 8:15 a.m. Saturday as the man left a cafe called Europe in the Neustadt district of Dresden, police said in a statement.

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.

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PSA to tourists: Don't do a Nazi salute in Germany. Publicly displaying symbols and slogans connected to the National Socialist group - which is lawfully classified as an "unconstitutional organization" - can land someone in prison for up to three years. Free expression is only a right until it threatens the safety of other people. Similarly, a 30-year-old Canadian tourist was detained in 2011 after being photographed giving the Nazi salute outside the Reichstag.

Germany is not the only European country to ban the salute.

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