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In which countries is it illegal to perform the Nazi salute?


Giving the infamous gesture in some parts of Europe can land the perpetrator behind bars

The Nazi salute is short-hand for fascism, and in a number of countries performing it can see the perpetrator end up behind bars.

Following The Sun’s release over the weekend of footage from the 1930s in which the Queen is seen as a child giving the Nazi salute, here are the countries where making the infamous gesture is a criminal offence.

Germany and Austria

Laws against giving the Nazi salute or displaying Nazi symbols were passed shortly after the end of the Second World War.

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month prison sentence.

In 2011 a 30-year-old Canadian tourist was arrested after he was photographed giving the Nazi salute outside the Reichstag, the German parliament building, in Berlin. He got off with a fine and several hours in police custody.

In Austria, where the anti-Nazi Prohibition Act prohibits giving the Nazi salute, police in Vienna were strongly criticised for their slow response when members of the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) apparently gave the Nazi salute at a demonstration in February this year.

Slovakia and the Czech Republic

The Nazi salute is also banned in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia having been under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.


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