Tourist Arrested For Giving Nazi Salute Outside German Parliament
A Canadian tourist has been arrested in Berlin after giving a Nazi salute in front of Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, on Saturday.
Phillie Casablanca, flickr
England's Daily Mail newspaper reports police arrived within seconds after the 30-year-old man from Quebec posed for a picture while raising his right arm in Hitler's infamous salute.
According to the newspaper, police handcuffed the man and confiscated the memory card out of his camera.
Although the forbidden gesture can land a person up to six months in jail if formally charged, the Telegraph newspaper reports the tourist was freed after several hours. He was reportedly let off with a fine and a warning.
In modern-day Germany, any gestures of the old Nazi regime or the display by individuals of any of its symbols are a serious crime.
Three years ago a British businessman gave the salute to a car rental official at the Cologne airport and was arrested immediately.
Even a top museum's decision to display Hitler memorabilia can draw controversy, as was the case recently with a major history exhibition in Berlin.
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