A German theme park has been forced to close down a ride after outrage over the resemblance to a “flying Swastika”.
The ride, titled the Eagle Fly, had only been recently added to the Tatzmania in Loffingen in Germany’s Black Forest area, according to 7News.com.au.
The ride features one long arm with two spinning carriages on either end. Along with the four seats positioned on each of the carriage arms, the ride resembles a Swastika as it rotates.
Originally, nothing was thought of when the ride first opened at the German theme park, and many fans of the theme park flocked to be one of the first to try it.
However, the video went viral after a shocked forum user posted the footage to Reddit.
One appalled user commented: “You really do not have the words. Something like that would have to be banned.”
Owner of the theme park, Rüdiger Braun, insisted he had not noticed the resemblance until he was alerted to the video which was being circulated online.
He spoke to SWR: “I’d like to stress how sorry we are to anyone who has felt at all insulted by this design.”
A visitor of the parked added: “Of course you have to watch what you make, this is a very sensitive area.”
Based on public outrage it has been announced that the ride will be revised and redesigned so something like this never happens again.
In Germany, it is illegal under the German Criminal Code section 86a to use Nazi symbols and propaganda such as swastikas.
The law states that the “use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations” is banned, therefore to break this law can lead to punishments of up to three years in prison.
This news comes not long after a British tourist was disgusted when they found a collection of Hitler and Nazi-adorned mugs and souvenirs in a shop in Italy.
The images were posted online by Angela Thompson, who was said to find it “disgusting” and “sick”.
Followed by this, was a shop in London which promoted t-shirts with Hitler propaganda on. The t-shirts were labeled: ‘Hitler’s European Tour’. Due to complaints, the store was forced to remove the t-shirts.
The shop itself was located very near to buildings which had been damaged or destroyed by the war.