The August Revolution (Cách mạng tháng Tám), also known as the August General Uprising was a revolution launched by Hồ Chí Minh’s Việt Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam) against French colonial rule in Vietnam on 14 August 1945. Within two weeks, Việt Minh forces had seized control of most rural villages and cities throughout the North, Center and South Vietnam. President Hồ Chí Minh announced the formation of the Provisional Democratic Republic. On 2 September 1945, Hồ Chí Minh declared Vietnamese Independence. The August Revolution created a uniform government for the entire country.