For weeks, the ever-increasing protests in Iran have been violently suppressed by the government. Due to the increasing persecution of demonstrators, some are trying to get out of the country – and often in a very dangerous way. After a body was found in the landing gear bay of a Lufthansa aircraft, the airline reacted – and without further ado canceled flights to Tehran. However, the connection has now been restored. Meanwhile, the demonstrations in Iran are getting bigger.
Two Lufthansa flights and one of the subsidiary Austrian Airlines were specifically affected. The group checked its flights to the Iranian capital, as a company spokeswoman said in Frankfurt. After the security measures for the machines at Tehran Airport were tightened, the airline resumed operations. On Thursday, a male body was discovered in an Airbus A340 that had come from Tehran. The identity of the man is not yet known. The investigation into the case was taken over by the Frankfurt police headquarters, which initially gave no details. According to the Flightradar24 tracking service, the direct flight LH601 Tehran – Frankfurt lasted almost five hours on Thursday and landed in Frankfurt at 5.18 a.m. At least eight people were killed within 24 hours. According to the Iranian news agency ISNA, on Wednesday alone “almost 10,000 people” flocked to the grave of Mahsa Amini, whose death had sparked the protest. As the human rights organization Amnesty International explained, at least eight people were killed within 24 hours.Unusual dismissalBecause of the excessive violence against the protesters, even the government now felt compelled to act. In the southeast of the country, the chief of police in the city of Zahedan was fired. Iranian media said it was the result of an investigation into the violent crackdown on the September 30 protests in the city. An influential Sunni cleric in Zahedan, Molavi Abdulhamid, also recently criticized the course taken by the political leadership in the Shia-majority country. Other local clergy are said to have joined his criticism.