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Vietnam. Hanoi. Police station in the town's center. Poster celebrating the communist victory with the figure of Ho Chí Minh (May 19, 1890 - September 2, 1969) who was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary and statesman as Prime Minister (1946-1955) and President (1946-1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). Ho Chí Minh led the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954. He lost political power inside North Vietnam in the late 1950s, but remained as the highly visible figurehead president until his death. The flag of Vietnam, also known as the red flag with yellow star. The red symbolises the revolution and the blood shed in the struggle for independence. The five-pointed yellow star represents the unity of workers, peasants, intellectuals, traders and soldiers in building socialism 08.04.09 © 2009 Didier Ruef