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Calgary mayor, citizens: Misogynistic Return of Kings not welcome here

A meetup schedule Saturday for supporters of the U.S. blog is coming under fire

A photo used on the meetup page with an inset of "Roosh V"


A photo used on the meetup page with an inset of "Roosh V"

He's advocating the legalization of rape by having women protect their bodies like a purse or cellphone, he's been self-publishing what many are calling misogynistic content on an online blog and his beliefs are coming to your city.  

“Rape Culture” Was Manufactured To Wage An Unjust War Against Men, The Equality Movement Is Allowing Women To Tyrannize Men, Women Should Not Be Allowed To Vote: these articles are among the essential reads on Return of Kings blog run by "Roosh V"or Daryush Valizadeh.

A world-wide meetup, happening in Calgary Saturday, has many on edge including Mayor Naheed Nenshi who echoed Ottawa's mayor in a Tweet Tuesday morning.

"Your pro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbage is not welcome in Ottawa #its2016 #TurnAwayReturnOfKings" wrote Jim Watson, which prompted Nenshi to echo: "What he said. Goes double for Calgary. Thanks for your leadership on this, Jim."

One woman, who asked that she not be identified for fear of reprisal, said she found out about the meetup after reading one of Roosh's blog posts.

"I felt very angry, almost livid," she said. "Honestly it disgusts me there's people like that in our city, or anywhere for that matter. The fact that they're able to have enough members to even have a meeting here, it sickens me."

The woman posted on Facebook and asked friends if they would be willing to go to the meeting to try and intercept it – hoping to make it difficult for the group to meet up.

"I just feel particularily strong about it as a victim of rape," the woman said.

The initial meetup location, which Metro chooses not to mention, will be a gathering point leading supporters to another agreed upon location. Each meetup city has hosts to organize the gathering, and instructions:

"To identify your fellow tribesmen, ask the following question to a man you suspect is there for the meetup: 'Do you know where I can find a pet shop?'  read the online instructions. "If you are asked this question, answer in the affirmative: “Yes, it’s right here.” You can then introduce yourself and get details about where to proceed at 8:20. If you ask someone for the pet shop and they appear confused or actually try to direct you to a real pet shop, they’re not there for the meetup."

Calgary police are aware of the meetup and ready to react accordingly should anything happen.

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