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Hitler salute lands Chinese tourists in German jail

Hitler salute lands Chinese tourists in German jail”

A pair of Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin yesterday after making the Nazi salute outside the Reichstag.

Police guarding the Reichstag, which today is the seat of the lower house of the German Parliament, saw the two tourists, aged 36 and 49, taking photographs of each other giving the salute, according to a police statement.

Demonstrating its non-tolerance towards the former Nazi regime, Germany enacts strict laws concerning hate speech, particularly when cases are linked to famed Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his party.

However the police spokeswoman said the tourists were free to leave the country and if a fine is imposed it would likely be covered by the bail money already paid. Many accused the two of lacking basic knowledge of history about the Nazis and Hitler. Germans themselves also fall afoul of the law, with two schoolchildren from Rostock also charged for making Nazi salutes this year. The person, who had to pay a fine, was released after several hours in policy custody.

The charges faced by the Chinese tourists are also used to prosecute members of the far right.

It is illegal to give a Hitler salute in Germany.

News of this latest arrest quickly made its way to China's online community, where many expressed support for the actions of Germany's law enforcement authorities, reports the South China Morning Post.

The two Chinese tourists were widely mocked and criticized in China.



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