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Take that! Tourist punched for giving Nazi salute

August 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

For the third time this month, a tourist is in trouble in Germany over a Hitler salute. The latest incident involves a drunken American tourist who allegedly staggered and swaggered through the German city of Dresden on Saturday morning, giving the stiff-armed Nazi salute to everyone he met – before a passer-by suddenly punched him hard.

The victim suffered minor injuries. Dresden police gave few details, other than saying the victim was aged 41 and was very drunk. They didn’t say where the blow landed.

The American received little sympathy on social media. He is under investigation for violating German laws against displaying Nazi symbols or slogans. His attacker is also being sought, for assault.

Berlin schoolchildren give the salute in 1934

In another incident, in the early hours of Friday in the city of Iserlohn, 25 kilometres outside Dortmund, police arrested a 20-year-old Irish tourist who allegedly made the straight-armed salute to officers. He was taken into custody on suspicion of “use of the symbol of an organisation forbidden by the constitution”, the Irish Sun reported. Drink is said to have played a big part in that event, too.

Police in Berlin earlier this month arrested two middle-aged Chinese tourists for making Hitler salutes while taking selfies outside the German Reichstag (parliament).

The Chinese men, aged 36 and 49, have been charged with using symbols from a banned organisation. The pair have been released on bail of EUR 500 (AUD 743) each.

The Nazi salute, sometimes called the Hitler salute, is a gesture that was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany. Performed by extending the right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand, it is now considered deeply offensive in many parts of the world. See: Tourists arrested in Berlin for making Hitler salutes

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) warns visitors to Germany: “The use or display of any Nazi symbols, salutes, songs or material (e.g. flags, memorabilia) is illegal.”

Meanwhile, US cable and satellite TV news channel CNN has just sacked conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord for tweeting a Hitler salute at a critic. Lord tweeted the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” at the head of a liberal-left advocacy group, Media Matters for America. The gesture was apparently meant to be mocking or satirical.

A network spokesman in the US confirmed yesterday that Lord was no longer with the network. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” the spokesman said.

Written by Peter Needham

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