Drunk American Assaulted After Giving Nazi Salute in Germany

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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 today. Dresden police said yesterday the 41-year-old, whose name and hometown weren't given for privacy reasons, suffered minor injuries in the 8:15 a.m. Saturday assault. Further, they said they are still looking for the attacker, who fled the scene after hitting the tourist.

However, the American tourist is also under investigation, as his actions violate current German laws relating to the display of Nazi slogans or symbols.

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

In Germany, it is unlawful to show any Nazi images or mottos, including giving the "Heil Hitler" salute. A week earlier, two tourists were arrested for taking photos of themselves in front of Berlin's Reichstag building while making the gesture.

The man could face up to three years in prison as punishment in Germany for expressing Nazi symbols, although courts typically settle on fines for a first offense.

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