Over the weekend, a group of white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for a “Unite the Right” rally that quickly devolved into an act of domestic terrorism when one attendee drove a car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring over a dozen others. While white supremacists at home were proving just how far America still has to go with regards to racial equality, an American tourist took the same message overseas to Germany.
The tourist found himself in hot water on Saturday morning when he decided to give the Nazi salute while out in downtown Dresden.
The Associated Press first reported the story of the 41-year-old drunk American tourist who, at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, gave the salute multiple times before he was finally punched by a fed up passerby.
Dresden police, who didn’t release the tourist’s name for privacy reasons, said that the man had an extremely high blood alcohol level at the time of the incident and only suffered minor injuries after being punched.
The man’s assailant fled the scene immediately after punching him, but he is still being sought by police for causing bodily harm.
While the police are going after the assailant, the tourist is certainly not getting off scot-free. He is currently being investigated, as it is against the law in Germany to display any kind of Nazi symbols or slogans, including the stiff-armed Nazi salute, which was used as a way of expressing devotion to Adolph Hitler.
According to The Washington Post, Germany outlawed the Nazi salute in 1945 after World War II, along with “Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.” Someone who is convicted of violating this law can potentially receive a prison sentence of up to three years, although it more common now for a fine to be imposed instead.
Switzerland has also banned the salute and has been very strict recently about enforcing the law. Earlier this month, the country’s Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man who was photographed in 2013 giving the salute outside of a synagogue in Geneva.
Despite the laws against it, many people continue to face punishments for giving the salute.
The American tourist is not even the first person this month to have violated Germany’s ban. This most recent incident came just one week after two Chinese tourists were detained for giving the salute outside of Berlin’s Reichstag. The two tourists were fined nearly $600 each, but they were eventually permitted to leave the city with their tour group.
Since first being reported by the Associated Press, the story has been making the rounds on social media, and plenty of people have commented and made it clear that they’re glad justice is being served for this ugly American.
Drunken American man in Dresden, Germany assaulted by passer-by after giving Nazi salute multiple times. https://t.co/MPj177JR18
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 13, 2017
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