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Swiss Court Rules Nazi Salute Not Always A Criminal Offense.

The Nazi salute, outlawed as a criminal offense in countries like Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, remains a thorny legal issue in other European countries. In Switzerland, a 1995 anti-racism law criminalized the use of racist symbols in promoting discriminatory ideologies. But yesterday a Swiss court ruled that the symbol isn't in fact a criminal offense if it's used as a personal statement, the Associated Press reports.

The Federal Tribunal's ruling, titled "Hitler salute in public not always punishable," said the gesture is a crime only if someone is using it to try to spread racist ideology to others, not simply declaring one's own conviction.

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Author:Butnick, Stephanie
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:May 22, 2014
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