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Volkswagen pledges measures over Nazi picture at Mexican dealership

A tweet posted on Saturday showed a picture of the day when Adolf Hitler laid the foundation stone of a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, in May 1938.

Flags with the VW logo are waving in a Volkswagen vehicle plant. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa.
Flags with the VW logo are waving in a Volkswagen vehicle plant. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa.

Volkswagen has promised to take measures after reports that a picture featuring Nazi symbols is allegedly hanging on the wall of one of its car dealerships in Mexico City.

A tweet posted on Saturday showed a picture of the day when Adolf Hitler laid the foundation stone of a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, in May 1938.

The Twitter user said the picture, which shows a Nazi event where numerous swastikas are featured, was hanging in a dealership in the Coyoacan district of the capital.

"On behalf of our more than 400,000 members worldwide, we demand that, as a German company you enforce the law that prohibits the exhibition of Nazi symbols," the Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Monday.

Volkswagen opposes "any manifestation of hate and discrimination," the company's Mexican branch said on Monday, adding it had asked the dealership to immediately remove such pictures.

The company is now assessing the situation and plans to take measures in response to the issue, a spokesman told.

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