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Drunk American makes Nazi salute in Germany, gets beaten up by a local

Dresden's tourism industry is going "through its deepest crisis since national reunification" in 1990, said Johannes Lohmeyer, president of the city's tourism federation
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Public displays of Nazi symbols or gestures like the "Heil Hitler" salute are banned in Germany

An inebriated American tourist was beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi  salute, police said Sunday.

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 incident happened on Saturday morning as the tourist, who was "strongly under the influence of alcohol", left a bar in the eastern city's Neustadt area and repeatedly gave the Hitler salute on the street.

"An unknown passerby then beat up the man and slightly injured him," the statement said.

The assailant, who has not been found, faces charges of causing bodily harm, it added.

Public displays of Nazi symbols like the swastika or gestures like the "Heil Hitler" salute have been banned in Germany since the end of World War II.

Earlier in August, two Chinese tourists were arrested by German police for making "Heil Hitler" salutes in front of the German parliament.

According to Berlin police, the two men, aged 36 and 49 were detained after they were spotted taking photos of each other while making the Nazi gesture outside the Reichstag building.

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