Protest Outside Evin Prison
People are protesting today outside of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. Among the protesters are parents whose children have been detained following the government's crackdown on antigovernment protests. Some parents have been protesting for days and have erected tents outside the prison.
Dozens of people protest outside the Iranian embassy in London.
People are holding a rally in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in support of the antigovernment protesters in Iran.
Students' Names Released
The U.S.-based United For Iran human rights organization has released the names of Iranian students arrested in recent days.
Special Parliamentary Session
Iran's parliament to scheduled to hold a special session to look into the causes of the antigovernment protests.
The interior minister, the head of intelligence, and the security council chief are all expected to attend, reports ISNA. The session is scheduled for January 7.
Ministry 'Working' To Release Students
Iran's Science Minister Mansour Gholami said that about a quarter of the students arrested during the antigovernment protests have since been released, though he failed to give any exact numbers.
The ministry is "working to obtain the release of all students," Gholami told the online news portal Etemaadonline.
Tehran University Vice-President Majid Sarsangi told ISNA news agency that the university had set up a committee to track the fate of students arrested during the antigovernment protests.
"Our efforts at the university are aimed at cooperating with the relevant authorities to create the conditions for the return of the detained students to the university and their families in the shortest possible time," Sarsangi said on January 6.
Alireza Rashidian, the governor of Khorasan Province, in northeast Iran, says 85 percent of protesters detained there have been freed after signing a pledge not to re-offend, via the ISNA news agency.
The provincial capital, Mashhad, was where the first protests erupted on December 28. Since then there have been several antigovernment protests there.
"Those with a criminal record, or those charged with sabotage such a setting fire to motorcycles or damaging public buildings have been referred to judicial authorities," said Rashidian.
Based on figures announced by various officials, more than 1,700 people have been arrested since the start of unrest. The real number might be much higher, since provincial officials often do not provide exact figures.
Iranians say they can access Instagram again after it was blocked for the past week. The government has suspended access to the messaging app Telegram. Twitter and Facebook were already banned.
Iran's state broadcaster has showed pro-government rallies in several cities, including in Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the U.S. and Israel.
Other pro-government demonstrations were held in Shahin Dezh, in West Azarbaijan Province; the city of Semnan, in the northern Semnan Province; and Shadegan, in the southern Khuzestan Province.