Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11
By Temkin Jafarov, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
A number of political prisoners in Iran, who have been arrested after the 2009 presidential elections, were granted freedom, Iranian Kalemeh website reported.
In 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as president of Iran for the second straight term, the opposition leaders protested the decision, which later resulted in massive protests across Iran, in particular in Tehran. Many people were arrested and thrown into prisons.
The prisoners have been freed due to the marking of the country's 35th anniversary of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
Kalemeh reported that the prisoners still had a month or two remaining on their sentence, but were set free due to the anniversary. Among the prisoners were Iranian bloggers, participants of the 2009 post-presidential unrests, and political activists.
Iran started celebrating the 35th anniversary of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
According to Iran's Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO), a total of 170 Iranian artists from different artistic and cultural groups have travelled across the globe to promote the cultural and artistic aspects of the Islamic Revolution.
On Feb. 9 Majlis (parliament), the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, the Defense Ministry and a number of other individuals and organizations issued separate statements encouraging people to participate in the Bahman 22 rallies, Press TV reported.
They all called on the people across the country to turn out in large numbers in rallies to reaffirm their allegiance to the ideals of the Islamic Revolution and Grand Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.