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Poet Do Trung Quan in Saigon is one of 20 members declared to leave the Vietnam Writers Association. He told SBS Vietnamese about the reasons for his decision.
Previously, the executive board of the Vietnam Writers Association is believed to have expelled 9 members in Saigon including Ngo Thi Kim Cuc, Nguyen Duy, Nguyen Quang Lap, Da Ngan, Y Nhi, Hien Phuong, Do Trung Quan, Nguyen Quang Than and Pham Dinh Trong.It is said that those 9 members joined an "unacceptable and illegal" organisation. It is the Independent Literary Group, which established in March last year with call for "freedom of writing and publishing.