Mayor Brian Bowman says a US blogger known to preach pro-rape behaviour is not welcome in Winnipeg.
The man, whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh but goes by Roosh V and leads a group called Return of Kings, advises men on the best way to convince women to have sex with them.
He has also advocated that rape be made legal inside a private home.
In a statement Mayor Bowman says he is deeply disturbed by Roosh V’s beliefs and has no interest in offering a platform for those views to be expressed.
Members of Return of Kings are planning to meetup in cities worldwide this weekend, including Winnipeg. Police here confirm they are keeping a close eye on the situation.
Mayor Bowman’s full statement:All our residents need to feel safe regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity or faith.
In Winnipeg, we embrace tolerance, diversity, acceptance, and a desire to help others.
I have no interest in offering a platform for the types of violent and harmful views espoused by Mr. Valizadeh and his organization. I am deeply disturbed by many of his statements and I denounce them unequivocally.