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Briton assaulted by neo-Nazis in Hamburg

Members of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) attacked a dark-skinned British man in Hamburg over the weekend, beating him and dousing him with pepper spray after he tore up their election pamphlet.

Briton assaulted by neo-Nazis in Hamburg
Apparently the NPD is open to taking money from tourists. Photo: DPA

The man had to be transported to the hospital in an ambulance, according to a police report on Monday.

The 46-year-old had stopped at a bakery with his wife and young son on Saturday, when the three NPD members, aged 20, 33 and 43, were handing out party leaflets. When the Brit tore up the leaflet handed to him, he initially prompted a calm discussion.

But according to information from the police, the trio soon pushed the man against the glass window of the bakery. As one man punched him in the chest, another sprayed pepper spray in his eyes.

After that attack, the three assailants fled the scene, but the police soon caught up with them nearby. The two younger men were already known to police for previous violent acts. The officers took information from them, but then let them go. The city’s state police are now investigating due to the serious injuries caused by the attack.

After another possible xenophobic attack by some 11 men on three foreigners occurred over the weekend in Taucha in the eastern German state of Saxony. The suspects, all young men between 18 and 22 years old, are reported to have attacked the foreigners after visiting a town fair.

After going for their victims, they began shouting xenophobic slogans at them. One 23-year old Lebanese man was thrown to the ground, hit and kicked. When two policemen intervened, the men attacked them as well, smashing up their patrol car.

But the authorities said on Monday they were still investigating the incident.

“The background in this case is still quite unclear,” a spokesperson for the Leipzig state prosecutor’s office told DPA on Monday.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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