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Drunk American punched for making 'Nazi salute' in German bar

14 August 2017
Drunk American punched for making 'Nazi salute' in German bar

The American man, 41, was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident on Saturday, with a blood alcohol level of.276 percent, the German news service Deutsch Welle reported.

Police report that his "assailant" fled the scene, and is being sought on charges, but I do hope they don't look too hard.

It was revealed that he was also being investigated by authorities for the use of insignia of unconstitutional organizations, which includes Nazi symbols. Police have declined to release the man's name or hometown.

In Germany, it is unlawful to show any Nazi images or mottos, including giving the "Heil Hitler" salute. Germany outlawed the salute after World War II, along with Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.

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

On August 5 two Chinese voyagers were discovered taking photographs of themselves making the motion before Berlin's Reichstag building. A conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to three years, although courts often impose fines instead.