Chi­nese tourists in Ger­many charged after Nazi salutes

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - Ali­son Smale

Like mil­lions of visi­tors to Ger­many each year, two Chi­nese tourists made their way this week­end to the Re­ich­stag, seat of the lower house of Par­lia­ment, where they snapped pho­tos of them­selves out­side the his­toric build­ing.

But the two tourists were hauled off to a po­lice sta­tion after run­ning afoul of decades-old laws for­bid­ding the use of out­lawed sym­bols and ges­tures — like those used by Hitler and the Nazis.

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.

The uniden­ti­fied tourists, 36 and 49, were charged early Satur­day un­der post1945 laws.

While cit­i­zens of Ger­many, Aus­tria and other Euro­pean coun­tries are schooled in the laws that for­bid res­ur­rect­ing Nazi sym­bols and ges­tures, it is not clear whether the in­creas­ing num­bers of Chi­nese visi­tors to Europe are con­scious of the mea­sures, most com­monly used to pros­e­cute mem­bers of the far right on the Con­ti­nent.

Since China put the Euro­pean Union on its list of ap­proved tourist des­ti­na­tions, the vol­ume of Chi­nese sight­seers to Europe has surged.

The in­crease in the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists and the grow­ing ef­forts by coun­tries to at­tract them have not been met with open arms around the globe, as many com­plain of a clash of cul­tures, lan­guage and com­mon courtesy. In 2013, a main­land Chi­nese tourist in Luxor, Egypt, dis­cov­ered that a fel­low coun­try­man had carved his own hi­ero­glyph­ics on the wall of a 3,500-year-old tem­ple: “Ding Jin­hao was here.”

A photo of the scrawl drew out­rage on so­cial me­dia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.