They were taking photos
Two Chinese tourists taking pictures in front of the Reichstag were arrested when they were spotted giving the Nazi salute.
Two Chinese tourists posing for cell phone pictures in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, wound up under arrest Saturday for making the Heil Hitler gesture, according to multiple media reports citing German police.
The two men, ages 36 and 49, have been released after each posting close to $600 bail.
Hate speech and symbols are largely verboten today in Germany. The Nazis, who ruled between 1933 and 1945, used such methods to help whip up support, allowing millions of Jews and other minorities to be systemically slaughtered.
. . . . On Saturday, the Chinese men were charged under Germany’s criminal code prohibiting the “use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations,” including “flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting.”
Breaking the law is punishable by fine or up to three years in prison.
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