Drunk American Assaulted After Giving Nazi Salute in Germany

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

US tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, 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 district is known to be a liberal part of the town and a popular meeting spot for students.

Police say that the 41-year-old tourist had "an extremely high blood alcohol level", according to the Associated Press.

It is not the first time a tourist in Germany has run afoul of the country's strict anti-Nazi laws. The search for his attacker, who fled the scene, is ongoing.

That's this weekend's object lesson from Germany, a nation that knows a thing or two about Nazis.

The Nazi salute - the right arm straight and angled slightly up, palm down - was used as a greeting and a way of expressing devotion to Adolf Hitler under the Third Reich.

It comes just a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested taking photos of themselves doing the salute in front of the Reichstag building. If convicted, the men face a fine or prison sentence of up to three years.

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