Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Two Chinese tourists arrested for Nazi salutes in Germany

Two Chinese tourists arrested for Nazi salutes in Germany

Earlier in the day, security guards at the historic Reichstag building alerted the police after noticing the tourists were making the Nazi salute at the popular site.

The Reichstag building has a history bound up with Hitler's rise, as the Nazis blamed the Communists when it was destroyed by fire in 1933.

Violation of the law is punishable by fine or up to three years incarceration.

Zhou Anping, counselor of the Consulate Division of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, told Xinhua that each of the two tourists have been fined for 500 euros and were released by the police.

The salute is also banned in several other European countries, The Washington Post reported.

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"2 Chinese guys were arrested in Berlin for making nazi salutes", the "Chelsea" host said.

The charges that the tourists face were usually used to prosecute right wing hardliners.

A police spokesman said that the Chinese tourists were allowed to leave Germany during the investigation into their illegal actions.

In 2011, a Canadian tourist was arrested after he was photographed giving the offensive salute, also outside the Reichstag. Use of the Hitler salute is a criminal offence in Germany, Slovakia and Austria.

For several years now, the government in Beijing has expressed growing concern over embarrassing behavior by Chinese tourists traveling overseas, and has tried to persuade travelers to respect local laws and customs.

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