Chinese tourists held for Hitler salute in Germany
08 August, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Ora Austin
The Nazi party blamed the communists, citing it as evidence that there was a conspiracy to precipitate a Nazi downfall, and began implementing laws to curtails citizens' civil liberties. The Chinese men, who remain unidentified, were reportedly posing with their arm raised high in Nazisalutes - a very grave offense in the country.
Two Chinese tourists have been detained for performing banned Nazi salutes in front of the German parliament in Berlin, police say.
Hitler ruled Germany from 1933 until his death in 1945, and German criminal code outlawed the salute after World War II.
In 2011, a Canadian tourist was arrested after he was photographed giving the offensive salute, also outside the Reichstag.
"A probe on suspicion of using the symbols of anti-constitutional organizations was opened against the two Chinese men, aged 36 and 49", a police representative told AFP.
"We definitely treat this and all similar such cases as a serious violation of the law. Anyone coming here ought to know and respect the country's customs".
These men weren't the first tourists to try pulling off the Hitler salute in Germany. This brings so much shame to China,"said one user on Chinese social media platform Weibo".
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.
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