Pro-rape campaigner Roosh V aka Mr Valizadeh has cancelled a meeting in Manchester amid safety concerns.
The self-styled ‘anti-feminist’ and pick-up artist was due to hold 40 official gatherings across the world, including eight in cities in the UK.
Those attending the Manchester leg were due to meet in Exchange Square, outside the Sinclair’s Oyster bar on Saturday night before moving to a secret location.
However it, along with all the others, has now been scrapped by the American, who has written books advising on how best men can ‘bang’ women.
That’s despite the man who organised the Manchester event insisting that neither they nor Mr Valizadeh were advocates of rape.
In previous blogs and writings on his website Mr Valizadeh had said he believed rape should be made legal on private property.
Announcing the cancellation in a statement on his website last night Mr Valizadeh said:
It’s not yet known if the meeting will do ahead in an unofficial capacity. Thousands of people had earlier signed a petition urging police to block the meeting and GMP said patrols would be stepped-up in that part of the city centre.
The owners of Sinclair’s Bar also said supporters would be turned away from the pub.
However, the man co-ordinating the event insisted it was merely a social gathering for “guys with like-minded views to have a beer and talk.”
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: