During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese revolutionary government benefited from the support of overseas Vietnamese population who formed the so-called "patriotic" organizations. After the communist victory (1975) and the reunification of the country (1976), these organizations were kept out of Vietnamese political life. It was only from 1986, and the beginning of Đổi Mới (Renovation) policy, that the Vietnamese political scene granted them freedom of speech. Very quickly, however more obvious weakness of Eastern Europe socialist sparked a thirst for democracy in the overseas Vietnamese community. Previously controlled by the Communist Party of Vietnam, “patriotic” organization, along with other political movements in the diaspora, are now calling for democratic progress in Viet Nam. It was only in the early 1990s that Hanoi was able to mute down dissidence and put these “patriotic” organizations back on track.