Chinese tourists detained in Berlin for Nazi salute outside German parliament

The Reichstag building in Berlin
The Reichstag building in Berlin
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08 August, 2017

Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin over the weekend for making "Heil Hitler" salutes outside the German parliament.

Modern Germany has banned the Nazi party and its imagery and symbols, which can now only be used for educational or historic research. Many accused the two of lacking basic knowledge of history about the Nazis and Hitler.

The tourists were performing the "Heil Hitler" Nazi salute and taking photos of themselves outside the Reichstag in Berlin, where Germany's parliament convenes.

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. Laws prohibiting the salute also exist across Austria, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and several other nations.

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The Chinese tourists' decision to make the salute outside the Reichstag is particularly ill-judged, with the Reichstag's 1933 fire leading to a vast increase in Nazi power.

They could not face serious charges for the use of symbols of illegal organizations, which could land them with a heavy fine or up to three years behind bars.

A criminal investigation will continue, though the tourists are being permitted to leave the country with their tour group, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.

The two men were taken to a nearby police precinct and questioned. Tourist organizations project 2.2 million Chinese visitors a year by 2020.


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