08 August, 2017
Germany has strict laws on hate speeches and symbols linked to Adolf Hitler, a notorious figure in the Second World War, and his Nazi Party.
The Chinese tourist duo's decision to make the salute outside the Reichstag is also particularly ill-judged, with the building's destruction in a fire in 1933 leading to the Nazis' increasing their power in Germany. They were both released on $600 bail, according to the BBC, but could have to pay a fine or face a possible three-year sentence in prison. Laws prohibiting the salute also exist across Austria, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and several other nations.
The embassy suggested that tourists traveling overseas from China should take care to respect local laws and raised concerns that such controversies would harm the country's image.More news: Taiwan market: Motorola launches Moto Z2 Play
"A probe on suspicion of using the symbols of anti-constitutional organizations was opened against the two Chinese men, aged 36 and 49", a police representative told AFP.
"2 Chinese guys were arrested in Berlin for making nazi salutes", the "Chelsea" host said.
The pair of Chinese tourists were charged under Germany's criminal code that prohibits the "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations", including "flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting".
The law is mostly used to indict members of the far right. They were asked to leave the country during the investigation.