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


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.

An American tourist was beaten by a local man after he made a Nazi salute in Dresden, Germany.

According to police records, the American tourist was extremely intoxicated, as indicated by a high blood alcohol level.

Police added the American national was now under investigation for violating German laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans.

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

While residents of Germany and Austria, as well as many of their European neighbors, are educated on the laws forbidding Nazi symbols and expressions, it's not clear if Chinese tourists are aware of the post-1945 statutes. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police. They were released after each posted bail of 500 euros, or almost $600.

The tourists received a relatively light punishment, as displaying such gestures or brandishing certain Nazi memorabilia can result in a prison sentence of up to three years in Germany.

This month the Switzerland Supreme Court convicted a man who was photographed giving the Nazi salute in front of a synagogue in Geneva.