The news on Parvaz’s release came less than a day after Iranian government officials made their first comments about her: Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast had said in a news conference Tuesday that Parvaz “violated the law in several cases.” But suddenly the call came to family members from Parvaz herself, saying that she was clearing customs on the way to the capital Doha.
“I looked at my phone, saw it was her number and God, it was ... unreal,” Parvaz’s fiance, Todd Barker, told The Canadian Press.
Reactions started swirling around the web, first with Parvaz’s brother, Dan, posting an update to the “Free Dorothy Parvaz” group’s 16,000-strong Facebook follower base. Kim Barker, Parvaz’s soon-to-be sister-in-law, tweeted about the release around 2 a.m. EST Wednesday:
Don’t know what to say. Late to party bc on phone. Dorothy is free!!! Thx everyone for their help. Means the world.
Others used the hash tag #FreeDorothy to voice their support:
Woke up to great news. Former colleague Dorothy has been freed! #freedorothy
#FreeDorothy is free. Awesome
The @FreeDorothy Twitter account operated by relieved supporters was active overnight, with the latest update poking a little bit of fun:
OVER the moon. And waiting for her to kill us for all the pictures.