The Communist party victory led to the disappearance of traditional community groups. The state considered it necessary to the fulfillment of its socialist project to suppress all elements acting outside the scope of its directives, and particularly those who might challenge them. The state hierarchy thus became predominant in all decisional processes. There was also a transformation in the nature of community involvement. Rather than take the form of organizations defending their interests before the state, citizens’ groups, much like the mass Communist organizations, became semi-autonomous branches of the state (Lux and Straussman, 2004).