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An American tourist was beaten by a local man after he made a Nazi salute in Dresden, Germany.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning, apparently after a night of drinking. The tourist, who suffered minor injuries, is under investigation for violating Germany's strict laws against displaying or promoting Nazi symbols.

The American was detained by German police. A police test showed that he was heavily intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.276 percent.

Dresden police would not give the Americans name or main residence for security reasons.

The man who punched the tourist fled the scene after the assault.

This is the second time this month that tourists have got into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute. They were released after each posted bail of 500 euros, or almost $600.

The Nazi salute, Hitlergruß in German, is performed with the right arm straight and pointed forward slightly at an angle upward with palm down. Germany outlawed the salute after World War II, along with Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.

"PSA to tourists: Don't do a Nazi salute in Germany", the Metro's Jen Mills wrote.