Celebrate RIM's 20th Anniversary!
the Committee of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement
years ago, in March 1984, the formation of the Revolutionary Internationalist
Movement (RIM) was announced to the world during a historic London
press conference that boldly declared the formation of "an
embryonic centre of the world's Maoists" and the goal of
forming a communist international of a new type. A short time
later, on 1 May of the same year, the Declaration of the Revolutionary
Internationalist Movement was published and distributed in many
languages. Although the world situation has undergone dramatic
changes since then and RIM's own understanding of its revolutionary
ideology has advanced, especially with the adoption of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism
as its guiding ideology in 1993, the Declaration remains a precious
achievement and a solid foundation for further advance.
formation of RIM was, above all, a response to the capture of
revolutionary China by the new bourgeoisie led by Hua Kuo-feng
and Deng Xiaoping shortly after the death of Mao Tsetung in 1976.
The closest followers of Mao, including his widow, Chiang Ching,
were arrested, and a wave of terror spread across the country.
Thousands were killed or imprisoned. The China that had been living
proof of the possibility of building a new society free of exploitation
was rapidly transformed into a hellhole of capitalist exploitation.
The China that under Mao had been a bulwark of resistance to the
world imperialist system became another link in the world-wide
chain of oppression.
international communist movement was severely harmed by the loss
in China. Many forces followed the Chinese party into the revisionist
swamp. Others echoed Enver Hoxha's vicious attack on Mao Tsetung
Thought (which today we call Maoism). Some tried to "rediscover"
socialism in the Soviet Union, which Mao had so forcefully and
convincingly exposed as social-imperialist. Even more former communists
lost their hope in the possibility of proletarian revolution and
drifted away from political activity altogether.
formation of RIM was a declaration of refusal to abandon revolution.
It was a daring act to hold high the red flag when it was being
trampled in China, Albania and elsewhere. As the Declaration put
it, "Today...the forces fighting for a revolutionary line are
a small minority encircled and attacked by revisionists and bourgeois
apologists of all stripes. Nevertheless, these forces represent
the future". With the hindsight of twenty years we can see
how prophetic these words were.
a few years after the formation of RIM the whole East bloc, including
the USSR itself, came crashing down to the applause and laughter
of the Western imperialists, who tried to use the collapse of
this revisionist monstrosity to proclaim the final victory of
Western "democracy" over "communist totalitarianism".
Even today the tidal wave of the bourgeois ideological onslaught
against the theory and experience of proletarian revolution does
these difficult moments, RIM and the parties and organisations
making it up were not only able to maintain their bearings but
to make some dramatic breakthroughs. The People's War under the
leadership of the Communist Party of Peru advanced steadily throughout
the 1980s and early 1990s before facing a "bend in the road"
following the capture of its leader, Chairman Gonzalo, and the
subsequent emergence of a right opportunist line that called for
abandoning the war. Despite the hardships and difficulties, the
communist revolutionaries in Peru have persisted and struggled
to keep the red flag flying.
Asia, home to hundreds of millions of the world's exploited and
oppressed, is crucial in the process of world proletarian revolution.
Maoist forces from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have
been a pillar of RIM since its formation. A new chapter in this
history began in Nepal in 1996 with the initiation of the People's
War. Now, after only eight years, the Communist Party of Nepal
(Maoist) has liberated the bulk of the country and is knocking
at the door of nation-wide political power, which is sending shock
waves throughout the region.
India, RIM's connection to the advancing revolutionary struggle
has been strengthened with the participation of the Maoist Communist
Centre of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
Turkey, the Maoist current is emerging stronger after a series
of line struggles against the pernicious influence of a semi-Hoxhaite
trend in the communist movement of that country. As a result,
the subjective conditions are improving for a powerful new wave
of people's war.
Iran, a generation of revolutionaries had faced arrest, execution
or exile, but amidst the defeat and demoralisation the red flag
was kept afloat by the forces of RIM who went on to form the Communist
Party of Iran (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist). Today, as the reactionary
regime of the mullahs is agonising on its deathbed and the imperialists
and reactionaries seek to control the inevitable "regime
change", the importance of RIM and the existence of its contingent
in Iran stands out more clearly than ever.
Afghanistan, where the communist forces had been smashed and/or
disoriented by the Soviet Union's invasion and the subsequent
leadership of the anti-Soviet war by CIA- (and China-) backed
reactionaries, a new communist party emerged.
we can see that in the Middle East-Central Asia region, the only
choice for the masses is not the false conflict between imperialist
"modernisers" and Islamic "anti-Western" obscurantism.
The path of new-democratic revolution, socialism and communism
is no doubt a difficult road, but it is the only road to genuine
liberation. Suffering at the hands of domestic and foreign exploiters,
tired of seeing national sovereignty and democratic rights trampled
by these same enemies and fed up with the dead-end "solutions"
of the misleaders, whether bearded or clean shaven, men or women,
the revolutionary elements in these countries need the liberating
ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and it is the forces of RIM,
in particular, who are struggling to bring it to them.
countries of Latin America have long been considered their "backyard"
by the US imperialists, who believe they have an unrestricted
right to exploit the masses of these countries and control their
destiny. Although the People's War in Peru has faced difficulties
in recent years, it has been a shining example for revolutionaries
throughout the region, and comrades in Colombia, Mexico and other
countries of Latin America have struggled to popularise its lessons.
In Latin America, as well as elsewhere, efforts by the US imperialists
to impose an even tighter control are intensifying the already
strong hatred for Yankee imperialism. Here, too, the possibilities
of new revolutionary breakthroughs exist.
the beginning, RIM has reflected the reality that the world proletarian
revolution consists of two basic streams - the proletarian socialist
revolution in the imperialist countries and the new-democratic
revolution in the oppressed countries of Asia, Africa and Latin
America. RIM's vision of the final goal of a world without classes
and its internationalist orientation is strengthened by its presence
in both kinds of countries. In the imperialist citadel of the
United States, the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA has been
able to sink roots among the masses and advance preparations for
the future battle to rid the world of its greatest oppressors.
In Italy and Germany, parties and organisations are developing
as part of RIM, and elsewhere in the imperialist countries comrades
are increasingly recognising the role of RIM in uniting the genuine
short, the world is ripe for revolution, and the situation is
ripening still further. But in order for the dreams of the oppressed
to become a reality, proletarian ideology must come to the fore
and a solid communist organisation must be built. There are still
too many parts of the world where Maoist forces are extremely
weak or non-existent, such as in Africa where the need for revolutionary
transformation is so evident. Even where genuine Maoist forces
do exist, their capacity is generally dwarfed by the magnitude
of the tasks to accomplish and the possibilities to fulfil.
we must consider the whole of the international communist movement
and its future, not just the specific parts that make it up. RIM
was formed not only to help the existing parties and organisations
learn from each other and advance but to develop as a centre,
to strengthen the proletarian ideological and political pole in
the world as a whole and to lay the basis for further advance,
both ideologically and practically, towards a communist international
of a new type. The need for ideological and political clarity,
for a stronger unity of the communists at the international level,
and for further breakthroughs in leading the revolutionary struggle
of the masses forward, all this cries out to be done. All Maoist
revolutionaries must understand the importance of RIM to the world
proletarian revolution and do their utmost to help it advance.
world today is a fiery cauldron of conflict. The imperialist enemy
is on the rampage and the people are driven to resist in a thousand
ways. Imperialist order and stability is giving way to more intense
turmoil in which the difficulties, hardships and sacrifices facing
the communist forces and the masses of people are intensifying.
Yet these very same conditions are favouring the emerging new
wave of world proletarian revolution. Thus, we see once again
that danger can be transformed into opportunities, the necessity
to resist transformed into the freedom to take great strides ahead.
In this light we can see that RIM's important achievements over
two decades are but a prelude to the even greater challenges on
the horizon facing the proletariat.