An inebriated American tourist was beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, police said Sunday.
Police say the American, who is under investigation for violating Germany's laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans, had an extremely high blood alcohol level. The tourist, who sustained minor injuries, was apprehended by police, although the attacker fled the scene and remains at large.
The incident came just a week after two Chinese tourists landed in trouble, when they were caught taking photos in front of the iconic Reichstag in Berlin, while demonstrating the prohibited Nazi salute. They were released after each posted bail of 500 euros, or almost $600.
The eastern city has a long and frequently bloody history: during the last gasp of the second world war in 1945, it was razed to the ground and some 25,000 civilians were killed in Allied bombing raids.
Dresden itself has been at the center of protests by far-right anti-immigrant group Pegida and counter demonstrators in recent years.