Chinese tourists arrested for Nazi salutes at German parliament

Laura Christensen
August 8, 2017

The law banning the use of symbols that violate the constitution applies not only to Germans but to everyone in Germany.

The iconic Reichstag, a powerful symbol and building of some historical note in Germany, was engulfed in flames by arsonists, most likely paid by the Nazi party, in 1933.

The men - aged 36 and 49 - could face a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years, according to police.

Both suspects were taken to a police station for questioning before being released after each posted €500 bail, or about $590, the newspaper reported.

They were spotted by police taking snaps of each other outside Berlin's Reichstag, the seat of the lower house of Parliament. The Nazi salute is illegal in Germany as well as numerous other European countries.

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

Citing a report by the AFP news agency, the BBC quoted a police spokeswoman as saying the men could leave the country during the investigation.

In 2011, a Canadian tourist was arrested after he was photographed giving the offensive salute, also outside the Reichstag.

The Post reported the Chinese government has expressed concern in the past for "embarrassing behavior" by Chinese tourists traveling overseas and has encouraged travelers to respect local laws and customs.

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