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Iran releases 86 detainees

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran Prosecutor's office announced the release of 86 of the 204 election protesters who were arrested during December 7 National Students Day protests. The judiciary claimed the 86 had expressed "regret" for having attended the "illegal" gatherings of December 7 and for this reason, they have been released.

Protester being arrested in Tehran on December 7

Disputers of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in Iran's June presidential elections high-jacked another National Day of significance on December 7 to protest against a government that they regard illegitimate. Protesters chanted slogans against the government and the Islamic Republic.

Security forces confronted the peaceful protesters with clubs, batons, and tear gas. According to official statistics, 204 people were arrested and Iran's Prosecutor General announced yesterday that the judiciary will deal with them severely.

Human rights group in Iran and the international community condemned the violence against the protesters and called on the government to cease the hostilities.

Iranian Judiciary also announced today that they have released three Belgian nationals.

The three, who were accused of "trespassing a restricted area to gather information," were returned to the Belgian Embassy in Tehran.

No reports about the arrest of these individuals had been released prior to this.

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