Patricia Braemer, a spokeswoman for the Berlin police, said: “Anyone coming here ought to know and respect the country’s customs.”
She was referring to Nazi symbols. When it comes to Muslims and Islam, it’s a very different story in Germany:
“Chinese tourists learn that the Nazi salute remains a serious matter in Germany,” by Erik Kirschbaum, Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2017:
Two Chinese tourists discovered the hard way that giving the outlawed “Hitlergruss” — or Nazi salute — in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin is no laughing matter in Germany.
The two men, ages 49 and 36, were quickly detained after police spotted them taking pictures of each other in front of the country’s most popular tourist spot Saturday while giving the stiff-armed “Heil Hitler” greeting that is illegal in Germany and punishable by up to three years in jail.
The tourists, who were released after posting a total of $1,200 in bail set by a local judge, were the latest in a long line of foreigners to run afoul of the strict laws outlawing not only the Hitler salute but all Nazi symbols.
The Nazi Party is banned in Germany. Its symbols, such as the Hitler salute and swastika, and imagery can only be used for teaching, in films or historical research as well for documentaries or films satirizing the Nazis.
Two British tourists were detained last year for the same offense as the Chinese tourists near the Reichstag, and a 30-year-old Canadian tourist from Quebec had to post $170 bail for performing the Hitler salute for a picture of himself taken by a German woman at the same locale in 2011. Scores of police and countless security cameras monitor the Reichstag building around the clock.
“We definitely treat this and all similar such cases as a serious violation of the law,” said Patricia Braemer, a spokeswoman for the Berlin police. “The law banning the use of symbols that violate the constitution applies not only to Germans but to everyone in Germany. Anyone coming here ought to know and respect the country’s customs.”…