Germany will not tolerate homage to its dark past.
Two Chinese tourists visiting the Reichstag building in Berlin, where German parliament convenes, found that out when they were arrested for taking a photo of themselves performing the Sieg Heil, which was infamously used both to salute Führer Adolph Hitler and to greet the members of the Nazi party during World War II.
It looks like that, if you have never seen it before. Even putting it there for reference is disturbing.
The pair have been released on bail at $600 each.
Germany has incredibly strict laws on both hate speech and symbols linked to the Nazis. The two middle aged men could face up to three years in prison if convicted.
This comes at an alarming time-with the rise of the "alt-right" party in the west (who gave a speech literally Heiling Trump) and fears about the terrorist organization ISIL growing worldwide, there is a strong fear of fascism that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has long been outspoken against, saying the leaders of such closed off nationalist groups have "prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts”.