Men’s rights group cancels meeting, says they can’t guarantee safety of members

Published 2:20 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016

The men’s rights group Return of Kings that touts neomasculinity and legalization of rape if done on private property has canceled worldwide meetings including one scheduled in Nederland.

“I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made in private in time,” according to statement released on the ROK website by Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V. “While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision.”

Seven sites in Texas were marked as meeting places for the Feb. 6 event and included Nederland’s Doornbos Park or “Duck Pond.” Other Texas cities included Austin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The meeting was to coincide with meetings around the world.

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City leaders in Nederland learned of the proposed event on Wednesday and quickly began researching the group. A statement was released by the city denouncing the pro-rape group’s beliefs and added they believe the ROF was looking for publicity. Vowing to keep Doornbos Park a safe location for families and children to enjoy.

On Thursday, Nederland City Manager Chris Duque said the city is relieved the meeting has been canceled not only in Nederland but other areas as well.

“We had a number of phone calls from concerned citizens yesterday (Wednesday) and spent a considerable amount of time talking to people who were voicing their concerns and asking questions,” Duque said. “The Nederland Police Department is going to continue to monitor the group and their website to see if there are any changes to their plan.”


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