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Chinese tourists arrested after giving ‘Heil Hitler’ salutes in Germany

Adolf Hitler, giving Nazi salute. To Hitler's right is Rudolph Hesse. 1939.
Adolf Hitler, giving Nazi salute. To Hitler's right is Rudolph Hesse. 1939. Everett Collection
BERLIN – German police on Saturday arrested two Chinese tourists for making illegal “Heil Hitler” salutes in front of the historic Reichstag building that houses the German parliament.Berlin police officers say they detained the two men, aged 36 and 49, after they were seen striking the Nazi-era pose and photographing each other with their mobile phones.READ MORE: North Korea likens Donald Trump to HitlerThey face charges for “using symbols of illegal organizations,” the police said in a statement, and were released after posting bail of 500 euros each.WATCH: Hitler’s Austrian birth home to be demolished, likely replaced with gov’t offices
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Germany has strict laws on hate speech and symbols linked to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, who ruled between 1933 and 1945.READ MORE: Sean Spicer apologizes after saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during warThe Reichstag is a powerful symbol in Germany. It was destroyed by fire in 1933 by an arsonist thought to have been paid by the Nazis, who then blamed the blaze on the Communists and used it as an excuse to severely restrict civil liberties.
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