German court upholds ban on words with Nazi link

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Germany's highest court has upheld a ban on three words appearing in sequence because of their link to a former anthem of the Nazi party.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected on Thursday an appeal by a member of a far-right party who was fined 1,750 euros ($2,400) for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "die Fahnen hoch."

This literally translates as "the flags on high." The court said the words, which appeared as the final part of an eight-word slogan on the shirt, were too similar to the opening line of the Nazi anthem, the Horst Wessel song.

This opens with "die Fahne hoch," referring to a single flag. Public displays of Nazi symbols are banned in Germany.

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