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

The attack victim is being investigated for violating Germany's laws against displaying Nazi symbols or slogans

Tourists appear to be unaware of the law, according to local reports.

An American tourist in Germany was beaten up by a passerby after he began giving the Nazi salute outside a cafe in Dresden, police said Sunday. If caught he will face charges regarding causing bodily harm.

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

The American citizen - whose identity is now being withheld - is being investigated for violating German law that strictly forbids the use of Nazi symbols.

The incident happened last morning as the tourist, who was "strongly under the influence of alcohol", left a bar in the eastern city's Neustadt area and repeatedly gave the Hitler salute on the street.

Germany criminal code inflicts heavy punishment against the uses of Nazi symbols and images, and offenders may carry up to three years in prison.

Germany outlawed the salute after World War II, along with Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.

A week earlier, two tourists were arrested for taking photos of themselves in front of Berlin's Reichstag building while making the gesture.

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