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08 August 2017, 12:28 | Colleen Roy
Chinese tourists detained over Nazi salute in Berlin
The Chinese embassy in Berlin has warned its nationals to respect local laws after two Chinese tourists were detained for performing a Nazisalute in front of the city's parliament building.
The pair of Chinese tourists were charged under Germany's criminal code that prohibits the "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations", including "flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting".
For the two men who thought nothing of saluting in the style of Hitler outside the Reichstag, a judge ordered each to post €500 (S$801.73) in bail.
The salute related to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis is a symbol of hate speech in Germany.
The unidentified Chinese men aged 36 and 49 could face a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years if convicted.
While many Europeans will be aware of the anti-Nazi laws in Germany, that is unlikely to be the case for many foreign visitors.
Citing a report by the AFP news agency, the BBC quoted a police spokeswoman as saying the men could leave the country during the investigation.
The same charges are most commonly used to prosecute members of the far right. In fact, giving the Hitler salute is a criminal offence not only in Germany but also in Slovakia and Austria along with several countries.
The Reichstag, outside which the Chinese tourists posed, is also a touchy subject in German history.
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