Two Chinese tourists have been detained after allegedly performing banned Nazi salutes in front of the German parliament in Berlin.

Two men, aged 36 and 49, were spotted by police taking photos of each other making the alleged gesture in front of the Reichstag.

Officers said in a statement that the men were questioned at a nearby precinct but later released after leaving a security deposit of 500 euro (£450) each.

They face a criminal investigation for using symbols associated with organisations that are considered to be in breach of Germany’s constitution.

Convictions can incur a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years.