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Mayors across Canada join forces to try and block rape advocate
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 6:15AM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:40AM MST
Mayors from coast to coast, including Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, are raising their voices in protest of Roosh V, a self-proclaimed pickup artist, who is planning meetings in several major cities to discuss his shocking views.
Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V, is planning a series of ‘meet and greets’ with people who share his views on legalizing rape, and attacks on gays, lesbians, and women.
Valizadeh is a U.S. blogger who shares anti-feminist views on his website Return of Kings.
A recent post on the site says he is organizing meetups for like-minded heterosexual man in cities across the world Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. local time.
He claims that by legalizing rape, women will be ‘more careful with their bodies’.
The meeting times and locations have also been shared on social media and include a Calgary meet-up.
Calgary police say they are aware of the situation involving Roosh V and are actively monitoring.
Roosh V’s views have been harshly rebuked by a number of mayors already, telling him that he is not welcome in their cities or in Canada at all.
“’Rape is something that should be legalized’, attacking gays and lesbians and women – it really is quite disgusting,” said Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.
Mayor Nenshi also agreed with Watson’s sentiments, tweeting:
What he said. Goes double for Calgary. Thanks for your leadership on this, Jim. https://t.co/xyD7T1o1wA— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) February 2, 2016
Vancouver's mayor Gregor Robertson has also spoken out against the group:
Opposing protests are also being organized, with many details linked to the hashtag #TurnAwayReturnofKings.
A petition to ban Roosh V from Canada in 2015 failed to go through.
(With files from CTV Vancouver Island and CTVNews.ca)