Chinese tourists arrested for Hitler saluting in Germany

Published on : Monday, August 7, 2017

The ReichstagReichstag, which brims with German history, is a magnet for tourists.  The meeting place of the Imperial Diet, it was torched in 1933 in a calamity that quickened Hitler’s rise and wasn’t reconstructed until after reunification more than half a century later.  Two Chinese tourists made their way this weekend to the Reichstag where they were hauled off to a Berlin police station for making Hitler salutes outside the German parliament.

 

The pair have been released on bail of €500 (£450; $600) each.

 

The country has strict laws on hate speech and symbols linked to Hitler and the Nazis. According to the police, the two snapped cellphone photos of each other making a Nazi salute outside the Reichstag — an illegal act witnessed by police officers assigned to guard the numerous historic sites in the area.

 

The men – aged 36 and 49 – could face a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years, according to police.

 

A criminal investigation will continue, though the tourists are being permitted to leave the country with their tour group, a police spokeswoman said Sunday. Conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to three years.

 

According to the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a research foundation based in Berlin showed the number of Chinese tourists to Germany each year topped two million in 2014. Tourist organizations project 2.2 million Chinese visitors a year by 2020.

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One Response to Chinese tourists arrested for Hitler saluting in Germany

  1. Neal Goodman says:

    As a professional cross-cultural expert/trainer, and a Social Psychologist who teaches about diversity, I would hope that the German Government consider the intent behind this disgraceful action which was likely done out of ignorance and not malice. If the person giving this salute did so in support of Nazism, then they should face appropriate justice, but if they were ignorant about the historical significance of the salute, they should be educated and sent on their way. We all can make stupid mistakes when visiting unfamiliar cultures. PS: for what its worth I an Jewish and have direct experience with the Holocaust.

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