Vancouver is joining a growing chorus of Canadian cities who say a “pro-rape” men’s rights group is not welcome in their communities.
Mayor Gregor Robertson has taken to social media, saying controversial blogger Roosh Valizadeh and his group “Return of Kings” is not welcome.
In a tweet, Robertson says the hateful positions spread by the organization are about as far apart from Vancouver’s values as he can imagine.
It’s described as a “tribal gathering” for heterosexual masculine men to bond, although a post advertising the meetup alludes to a less jovial underlying motive.
“During times of crisis, however, when members are threatened due to the actions of outsiders or their own government, the tribe will be utilized to offer concrete support and defense.”
Other mayors who have spoken out against the event include Toronto’s John Tory and Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi.
Says Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner: “The views of this so-called men’s group are deeply offensive, repugnant, and frankly ridiculous. They are not welcome in the City of Surrey or any progressive community.”
The Vancouver police say they’re aware of the event, but wouldn’t discuss any potential policing strategies.