OKLAHOMA CITY – Police departments and leaders across the globe are taking a stand against a controversial group.
Return of Kings is known as a group for “masculine men” and complains about the rise of feminism and the loss of “traditional sex roles.”
The group’s leader, Daryush Valizadeh, has written articles stating that rape should be legal on private property.
Others in the group claim that women should not be allowed to vote, among other beliefs.
The group announced recently that it would be holding 165 meetings in 43 countries as part of its “international meetup day” on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
There are several of the meetups scheduled across the country, including one set in front of Harkins Theater in Oklahoma City.
However, late Wednesday evening, the group leader announced the meeting’s cancellation.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Meetup On February 6 Is Cancelled https://t.co/IKchLtW1iE
— Return Of Kings (@ReturnOfKings) February 4, 2016
“To identify your fellow tribesmen, ask the following question to a man you suspect is there for the meetup: ‘Do you know where I can find a pet shop?’ If you are asked this question, answer in the affirmative: ‘Yes, it’s right here,'” the website states.
Following the announcement, several leaders across the globe are speaking out against the group.
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 2, 2016
— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 2, 2016
— Gregor Robertson (@gregorrobertson) February 3, 2016
Also, police departments across the United States are alerting residents to the group’s plans to meet.
“The world is moving against us. I’ve gotten reports of over a dozen organized protests at our meeting points. Dozens more are being organized privately. Since this meetup was never intended as a confrontation with unattractive women and their enablers, I’m moving to save as many of these meetups as I can before Saturday, so that men can still meet in private away from a loud, obnoxious, dishonest and potentially violent mob,” the group’s website read.
The announcement has caused concern among some residents, but the Oklahoma City Police Department said there is absolutely no indication that anything illegal will occur at the meeting.
In fact, one Oklahoma group said it would protest the organization’s meeting.
Members of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, also known as the Devil’s Religion, planned to be at Harkins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.
“It will also be our goal to put fear in folks who think going to this meeting is a good idea,” said Dastur Adam Daniels in a news release.