A German citizen in downtown Dresden struck the man repeatedly after seeing him performing the salute, and according to the Associated Press, the American man had what officials referred to as “an extremely high blood alcohol level.”
The incident coincidentally took place on the same day that upwards of 1,000 white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday in support of preserving physical and ideological relics representing their beliefs. Torches were burned and swastikas were spotted, but by and large hate speech is protected under America’s Constitutional First Amendment.
A few Twitter users noticed the contrast in how such actions are treated in the two countries.
An American beaten up in Germany because he gave a Nazi salute. Meanwhile, in America, neo Nazis are marching the streets. US worries me.— Natasha (@XaristocatX) August 13, 2017
German kids study Nazi past from highschool on. Thinking of doing a Nazi salute in Germany? Expect a 5 finger salute to the face.— Ana Manrique (@AnillaManrique) August 13, 2017 Read more at Complex