Actor Kim Chi Leaves Vietnamese Communist Party Over Decision to Punish Publisher

A Vietnamese actor is the latest in a series of prominent celebrities to leave the country’s ruling Communist Party following the party’s decision to punish Chu Hao, a former technology vice minister-turned publisher, who was found to have printed books diverging from the party’s political line.

The female performer Kim Chi, in a November 4 Facebook post, wrote “I had already stopped participating in party activities since 2013 because I was very disappointed [with the party.]

“As I am no longer young, it would be a disappointment to die as a member of the party. I wish that the other party members who still have a conscience and passion for the [welfare of] the people and country would also leave,” she wrote.

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