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USA tourist beaten up in Germany for giving Hitler salute

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Drunk US tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute in Germany

The Associated Press is reporting that a "drunken American man" was summarily slugged for giving the Nazi salute in downtown Dresden, Germany.

The tourist was identified only as a 41-year-old American man who was "severely drunk", according to police. The tourist's assailant escaped the scene of the attack and is being sought by law enforcement on charges of bodily harm.

The tourist also had the insignia of "unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols".

Dresden police would not give the Americans name or main residence for security reasons.

The Nazi salute - the right arm straight and angled slightly up, palm down - was used as a greeting and a way of expressing devotion to Adolf Hitler under the Third Reich.

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

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

On August 5 two Chinese voyagers were discovered taking photographs of themselves making the motion before Berlin's Reichstag building.

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