American tourist gives Nazi salute in Germany, is beaten up
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American tourist gives Nazi salute in Germany, is beaten up

Police investigating drunk American man who was punched by locals for making the offensive gesture in downtown Dresden

This July 31, 2007 file photo shows a general view to the river Elbe and the old town district of Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP photo/Matthias Rietschel)
This July 31, 2007 file photo shows a general view to the river Elbe and the old town district of Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP photo/Matthias Rietschel)

BERLIN — Police say a drunken American man was punched by a passerby as he gave the stiff-armed Nazi salute multiple times in downtown Dresden.

Dresden police said Sunday 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.

Police say the American, who is under investigation for violating Germany’s laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans, had an extremely high blood alcohol level. His assailant fled the scene, and is being sought for causing bodily harm.

It’s the second time this month that tourists have gotten themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute.

On August 5 two Chinese tourists were caught taking photos of themselves making the gesture in front of Berlin’s Reichstag building.

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