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Oscars: Iranian winner Asghar Farhadi blasts Trump travel ban
World | politics | 17:54, 27 February 2017 | 1809

AKIPRESS.COM - Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has condemned President Donald Trump's "inhumane" travel ban on immigrants, as his movie, The Salesman, won the best foreign language film Oscar, reports BBC.

Farhadi boycotted the ceremony, with two Iranian-Americans representing him.

"Dividing the world into the US and 'our enemies' categories creates fear," his acceptance statement read.

US courts have blocked the travel ban but the Trump administration is preparing a new executive order.

The original ban temporarily prohibited the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

One of those chosen by Farhadi to represent him, Iranian-born US engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari, read out his acceptance statement.

The statement read: "My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.

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