UPDATE 1415 GMT: Nahid Khodakarami, a member of the Tehran City Council, has expressed concern and demanded answers from authorities about the arrests of protesters.
>Khodakarami wrote: “As a representative of the noble people of Tehran, I call on the relevant agencies to clarify the situation and report how many Tehran residents have been detained during the recent events. How many students [were detained]? How many have been released?”
In a series of Twitter messages, the councillor has asked about communication with the detainees, including access by their families.
Mahmoud Sadeghi, a Tehran MP, said, “It seems that the total number of detainees is around 90. Ten students from universities in Tehran and some other cities are in an uncertain position and…it is still unknown which body has detained them.”
UPDATE 1200 GMT: Ignoring the latest demonstrations, the Revolutionary Guards have again insisted that protests have been “defeated”.
A statement asserted that “Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain [of unrest] created…by the United States, Britain,” Israel, Saudi Arabia, militants, and monarchists.
The statement was issued after Ministers met Iranian MPs in a closed-door session, calling by a reformist group asking about causes of the protests.
Some MPs expressed concerns over the regime’s disruption of communications, including the blocking of messaging applications Telegram and Instagram, to limit the protests.
A spokesman for the Majlis’ presiding board, Behrouz Namati, said, “The parliament is not in favour of keeping Telegram filtering in place, but it must pledge that it will not be used as a tool by the enemies of the Iranian people.”
Defying security measures and regime declarations of “terrorism”, Iranians continued protests in at least nine cities on Saturday.
On the ninth straight day of demonstrations across the country over political and economic issues, there were rallies in the religious center of Qom, Ahwaz and Mahshar in the southwest, Mashhad in the northeast, and Rasht and Karaj in the north.
Supporting rallies were held aroound the world, including in several cities in Germany and in Sweden, Norway, Canada, and Australia.
The official death toll during the protests is 22, with activists saying more than 40 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces. Regime officials say more than 1,800 people have been detained at some points. Activists says thousands have been arrested, with some leading figures still behind bars.
Regime Invokes “Terrorism”, Ministers Brief MPsan Intelligence Ministry declaration that security forces dismantled a “terrorist” group, arresting members in West Azerbaijan Province in the northwest. The statement said three Iranian security personnel were killed on Wednesday in a clash with the group.
The regime also held a fourth straight day of counter-demonstrations on Saturday, including in Tehran; Sari, Amol, and Semnan in the north; Ilam in the west; and Kerman in the south.
Turnout has been relatively small — especially compared to the large display mobilized by the regime to suppress the Green Movement after the disputed 2009 Presidential election — with State media only able to speak of “thousands” in the marches.