With so many of the neo-Nazis and alt-right gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, you would think that America had embarrassed itself quite enough this week in the eyes of the more enlightened, racially and religiously tolerant world. One drunken American tourist in Germany, however, felt that he needed to bring his neo-Nazi sentiments back to the original setting yesterday,
Unfortunately for the unnamed 41-year-old tourist, the locals in Dresden were not the least bit amused by the repeated, stiff-armed Sieg Heil salutes that the American insisted on performing in the early morning hours of Saturday in the German city’s downtown streets. He was punched and beaten up by someone passing by, who fled the scene shortly thereafter, according to an AP report today.
Perhaps the dumb tourist was unaware of Germany’s strict laws against the display and use of Nazi slogans and symbols. Perhaps it was his “extremely high blood alcohol level” talking, rather than his political ideology. It didn’t matter to the German police, however, as they are now investigating the American man for violating the anti-Nazi statutes. His assailant is also being sought on charges of “causing bodily harm.”
At any other time, this minor incident would have hardly gained notice back in the USA. However, after the deadly clashes yesterday in Charlottesville by neo-Nazi and alt-right demonstrators, the audacity of such an obnoxious gesture could not be ignored. Many observers were surely thinking that this assinine tourist only brought the violence upon himself in a country where hate speech is recognized as such and not protected by the 2nd amendment that allowed the alt-right to gather
Many observers were surely thinking that this assinine tourist only brought the violence upon himself in a country where hate speech is recognized as such and not protected by the 2nd amendment that allowed the alt-right to gather in Charlottesville and express their bigoted views.
To demonstrate that racial and political stupidity is not a uniquely American trait, it should be noted that two Chinese tourists were recently cited for making Nazi salutes in front of Germany’s Reichstag building. Oh, for the days when hatred and bigotry are banished from the human psyche and peace and understanding prevails upon the earth!
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