Seeking to unite the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties of the world into a single political effort, the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (RIM) defines its roots and mission with these words: “In 1984, the [RIM] was founded, grouping together the nucleus of the Maoist revolutionaries the world over who were determined to carry forward the fight for a world without exploitation and oppression, without imperialism, a world in which the very division of society into classes will be overcome — the communist world of the future. Since the formation of our Movement we have continued to advance and today, on the occasion of the Mao [Zedong] Centenary, with a deep sense of our responsibility, we declare to the international proletariat and the oppressed masses of the world that our guiding ideology is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.”
The original signatories of RIM’s founding document included the following organizations: the Central Reorganization Committee of the Communist Party of India; the Ceylon Communist Party; the Communist Collective of Agit/Prop; the Communist Committee of Trento; the Communist Party of Bangladesh; the Communist Party of Colombia; the Communist Party of Nepal; the Communist Party of Peru (Shining Path); the Communist Party of Turkey; the Haitian Revolutionary Internationalist Group; the New Zealand Red Flag Group; the Proletarian Communist Organization; the Proletarian Party of Purba Bangla; the Revolutionary Communist Group of Colombia; the Revolutionary Communist Party of Chile; the Revolutionary Communist Party of India; the Revolutionary Communist Party USA; the Revolutionary Communist Union (Dominican Republic); the Revolutionary Internationalist Contingent; and the Union of Iranian Communists.
RIM embraces the Maoist “people’s war” strategy as the most effective means of waging Marxist revolution. Tailored to long-term struggle against a militarily superior foe, this strategy typically bases its efforts in a remote area with mountainous or otherwise difficult terrain with which the enemy is unfamiliar. Its objective is to draw enemy troops deep into the midst of such a region, where the revolutionaries — supported by the population at large — seek to inflict maximum casualties through an admixture of “mobile warfare” and guerrilla warfare, and to gradually erode their opponents’ will to fight.