Three young men working at Düsseldorf Airport drew attention to themselves with a gesture that is typical of the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). The “Bild” newspaper reported on the incident on Friday.
A photo on social media shows three men in work clothes standing on the runway and symbolically pointing their index fingers upwards. According to Düsseldorf Airport, the persons concerned have initially had their access authorization to the security area of the airport withdrawn until the ongoing investigations have been completed.
A police spokesman said in the morning that they drove to the men’s addresses on Thursday.
A threat speech was given to two of them, and the third was on vacation. “We’ll continue to focus on him – when he’s back, we’ll also talk to him about danger.”
The Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office is not investigating the case, a spokesman for dpa said on Friday. Pointing a finger is not a criminal offence.
The police use dangerous speeches when they receive indications of a possible criminal offense. She makes representations to extremists and hooligans, for example. The officials want to signal that the person is on the screen and that they should not put into practice the thoughts they may have.
Addressing the dangerous person is therefore a preventive measure to prevent a possible later criminal offence. Düsseldorf Airport is the largest in the most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.