The swastika is forbidden in Germany because it is still misused as a propaganda item. It is not the symbol itself, but what it stands for thats is loathed. I personally will gladly accept any bans on those symbols in order to NEVER EVER see those freaks marching our streets again.
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Display of the swastika is I understand illegal in Germany, Austria and Poland. It is not illegal in Britain.
The origins of this symbol are believed to lie with Hinduism in India and to this day an inverted form of the swastika is used by some Hindu communities in Britain. I am not aware of any complaints about this use of the symbol.
As you say the problem is in what the symbol represents. Banning it doesn't get rid of what it stands for but over time serves to increase its appeal because it is banned - it gives the impression that there is something to hide and with future generations could cause a revision of history.
For the same reason making ''holocaust denial'' a criminal offence is in my opinion a mistake, it looks like an attack on freedom of speech and in fact gives credibility to the deniers because they can claim that what they say is being suppressed by law because it is ''the truth they don't want you to know''.
The historical evidence for genocide is so historically overwhelming that there is no rational means of denial, so why be scared of the denialists? Better to expose the truth by open debate, not by bans that could look as if there is a conspiracy or other hidden agenda behind them.
This is all quite apart from the fact that banning one symbol doesn't prevent another symbol being used to replace it.
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