Drunk American tourist's Nazi salute sparks German punch-up

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey

An American tourist was punched by a passerby in Germany for displaying a Nazi salute several times.

Police report that his "assailant" fled the scene, and is being sought on charges, but I do hope they don't look too hard. The name of the tourist was withheld for privacy reasons.

The 41-year-old American, who was lightly injured in the attack, is now under investigation for violating the law against the use of symbols from banned organisations, Dresden police said in a statement.

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

PSA to tourists: Don't do a Nazi salute in Germany. A conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to three years, although courts often impose fines instead.

It's the second time this month that tourists have gotten themselves into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. The two tourists were fined almost $600 each but were permitted to leave the country with their tour group, police said.

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