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Drunken American probed for Nazi salute in Germany, police say

Drunken American probed for Nazi salute in Germany, police say

A drunken American who gave the stiff-armed Nazi salute several times in Dresden was injured when he was punched by a passer-by.

Police would not identify the man, in accordance with German law, but said he was cited for making the salute, which is illegal in Germany.

The assailant, who fled the scene and has yet to be tracked down, is also being sought by police and may be questioned for his actions.

Police said the USA national is under investigation for violating German laws prohibiting Nazi symbols and that they are still seeking the passerby for causing personal injury, according to the Associated Press.

This is the second time this month that tourists have got into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute.

The Nazi salute, Hitlergruß in German, is performed with the right arm straight and pointed forward slightly at an angle upward with palm down.

Germany criminal code inflicts heavy punishment against the uses of Nazi symbols and images, and offenders may carry up to three years in prison. Similarly, a 30-year-old Canadian tourist was detained in 2011 after being photographed giving the Nazi salute outside the Reichstag.

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