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2 tourists detained for making Nazi salutes in Berlin

2 tourists detained for making Nazi salutes in Berlin”

Two tourists in Berlin, Germany, landed in hot water after they were caught taking pictures in front of the Reichstag building, where the German parliament meets.

The salute related to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis is a symbol of hate speech in Germany.

According to the police, the two snapped cellphone photos of each other making a Nazi salute outside the Reichstag - an illegal act witnessed by police officers assigned to guard the numerous historic sites in the area.

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The crackdown on Nazi-era salutes is not new, as they have been banned in Germany shortly after World War II.

They now face charges for "using symbols of illegal organisations" and were released after paying 500 euros ($589) bail each. Hitler used the blaze as an excuse to crack down on freedoms in the country.

"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. They were released after posting bail of 500 euro, or almost $600, each. The security guards contacted the Berlin police, who took the tourists into custody.

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A criminal investigation will continue, though the tourists are being permitted to leave the country with their tour group, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.

In Germany, Chinese tourists make up the largest majority of Asian tourists, according to research done in 2014 by the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a German think-tank.

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