BERLIN – Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany on Saturday for making a Nazi salute while posing for photos in front of the historic Reichstag building, a popular tourist destination in the German capital.
They were charged with violating Germany’s law prohibiting the use in public of symbols affiliated with banned organizations such as gestures, uniforms and flags, including those linked to the Nazi regime and to Nazis.
They were also fined 500 euros each, according to the Chinese embassy. The tourists have already left Germany.
The tourists claimed that the gesture was just meant as a joke.
But Zhou Anping, director of the Chinese Embassy’s consular section, said in a statement on Sunday that “(tourists) should not only travel safely but also legally by respecting local laws, culture and customs and by avoiding words or deeds which would be detrimental to the image of Chinese tourists and their own nation.” GAC/Expat Media
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