Chinese Tourists Pose With Nazi Salutes In Germany, Get Arrested

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Chinese tourists arrested in Germany for doing Nazi salute outside parliament: Report

08 August, 2017

Police in Berlin said two Chinese tourists were arrested after giving Nazi salutes outside of the Reichstag, the historic building that hosts Germany's lower house of Parliament.

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.

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"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.

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