The leader of a notorious anti-feminism group has said he will get into Australia to meet his followers despite the fact that he has not yet applied for a visa.
Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh, who is the founder of Return of Kings, a “neo-masculinist” movement, has planned the first-ever global meet-ups or “tribal meetings” for his supporters across 43 countries on Feb. 6, with a strict ban on women, homosexual and transsexual communities.
The group also has a website where members post some of the most shockingly misogynistic views such as calling for a ban on women voters, basing a woman's value solely on her "fertility and beauty" and calling women with eating disorders “the best girlfriends.”
In a widely publicized blog post from February 2015, Valizadeh advocated making “rape legal if done on private property.”
Announcing his upcoming meet-ups, Valizadeh stated: "Our views are becoming known enough that we can come out of the shadows and not have to hide behind a computer screen for fear of retaliation. Up to now, the enemy has been able to exert their power by isolating us and attacking with shrieking mobs, but we'll be able to neutralize that tactic by amassing in high numbers come February 6. Let the sixth of February be a clear signal to all that we're not going anywhere. We have finally arrived."
Predictably, news of such an offensive group assembling in large numbers across the word sparked international outrage. In fact, in Australia — where Return of Kings’ supporters have planned to meet in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane — the minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, is mulling an entrance ban on Valizadeh.
A petition to stop Valizadeh's supporters meeting in Australia has also attracted over 10,000 signatures as of Feb. 1.
But all of this apparently wasn’t enough to tamp down Valizadeh’s misogyny, and he said he'll visit Australia even if he is not granted a visa.
Fuck it, I just booked a flight to Australia. See you somewhere there on 2/6. I'll stay a while, see some sights. pic.twitter.com/d9CTFG1nqd— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
One of his tweets suggested he’ll try to get into Australia illegally:
I have the funds to get in by boat through one of multiple weak points. Money is no barrier to the operation. pic.twitter.com/5vimqIbpLa— Roosh (@rooshv) February 2, 2016
It goes without saying that Valizadeh and his misogynistic ideology is a legitimate threat to the society. It’s now up to the Australian authorities to decide if he is or isn’t able to enter the country to promote his brand of sexism, hate and violence.
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