1. Police departments in four Australian cities which will reportedly play host to gatherings of groups of men’s rights activists who advocate “legal rape” say they’re not too concerned about the meetings.
BuzzFeed News contacted police in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth regarding Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh’s plan to sneak into Australia for a gathering of men’s rights activists, and all them said say they don’t expect much to happen.
Valizadeh has pledged on his social media accounts to be in Sydney this weekend as part of a meeting of “heterosexual, masculine men” in Hyde Park, while simultaneous events are planned across the city.
But NSW police said there was no evidence of any public support for the three separate meetings supposedly planned there, but they will continue to monitor the situation.
Victorian police promised an appropriate response to any meeting, while re-affirming that Roosh’s views are pretty nasty, and Queensland police declined to comment.
2. Perth’s men’s rights activists allegedly have plans to meet on the footpath outside the Ocean Beach Hotel in Cottesloe, but a manager at the hotel told us that if they try to come inside, they won’t make it past the door.
WA police also said there is no evidence of any public support for a meeting there, while WA Police Minister Liz Harvey called Valizadeh a “neanderthal”.
“We can’t arrest him for standing around talking. It’s very difficult to arrest someone for inciting a criminal offence,” Harvey told Fairfax.
“But police have been monitoring this individual and they will be watching any individual who thinks it’s a good idea to turn up on that day. You will be marked.”
3. Meanwhile Valizadeh, who says he is still planning on coming to Australia, has told his followers to use a secret code to gain access to the meetings, which are for heterosexual men only.
5. Australia’s immigration department has made it pretty clear that Valizadeh isn’t welcome here.
“People who advocate violence against women aren’t welcome in Australia. In the past people advocating violence against women have had their visa refused or cancelled,” a spokesman for immigration minister Peter Dutton said in a statement.
6. But despite being told to stay home, Valizadeh says he will sneak across Australia’s border by boat.
7. He reckons he won’t need a visa to travel because his dad is Muslim (yeah, nah), and has described Australia’s borders as like swiss cheese.
So it looks like if these “men’s meet-ups” actually go ahead, it won’t be much of a party at all.