Celebri­ties Launch Pe­ti­tion Against U.S. Sanc­tions

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TEHRAN (Dis­patches) - Ira­nian celebri­ties in­clud­ing Os­car-win­ning film di­rec­tor As­ghar Farhadi and Grammy win­ner Kay­han Kal­hor have launched a pe­ti­tion con­demn­ing US sanc­tions on Tehran and warn­ing of the im­pact on or­di­nary peo­ple.

“Once again, the United States has im­posed sanc­tions against Iran... Every Ira­nian will per­son­ally pay the price,” reads the pe­ti­tion, named “Voices Against Sanc­tions” and posted on change.org. A last tranche of U.S. sanc­tions were reim­posed on Mon­day fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion by US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump to pull out of the 2015 nu­clear deal ear­lier this year.

“Politi­cians will come and go, but the fall­out from their dis­as­trous de­ci­sions will be a night­mare for generations to come,” said the pe­ti­tion, which had picked up nearly 5,000 sig­na­tures by Fri­day. It was signed by Ira­nian film­mak­ers, mu­si­cians, ac­tivists and lawyers. Farhadi has re­ceived two Academy Awards for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film, while mu­si­cian Kal­hor, a vir­tu­oso on the ka­mancheh (spiked fid­dle), won a Grammy in 2017.

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