Drunk US tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute in Germany

Drunk US tourist beaten up after giving Nazi salute in Germany

An American tourist suffered minor injuries in the German city of Dresden on Saturday morning after he was punched and beaten for repeatedly giving Nazi salutes.

The police have launched a procedure for the use of "symbols of unconstitutional organizations" by the tourist.

The American was detained by German police.

Police said the US national is under investigation for violating German laws prohibiting Nazi symbols and that they are still seeking the passerby for causing personal injury, according to the Associated Press.

The man who punched the tourist fled the scene after the assault.

Public displays of Nazi symbols like the swastika or gestures like the "Heil Hitler" salute have been banned in Germany since the end of World War II. A police test showed that he was heavily intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.276 percent. He is wanted for questioning by Dresden police.

It's the second time in August that tourists have gotten themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. The tourists were released after each posted bail, roughly $589 a piece. Earlier this month, Switzerland's Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man who appeared in 2013 photos making the Nazi salute outside a Geneva synagogue.

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