Update: On Saturday, February 6th, Boston Police District A-1 Captain Fong reported that about 15 “counter protesters” showed up at the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) off Hanover Street in the North End. It did not appear that anyone from the Roosh V group, Return of Kings, was in attendance. The protesters left the area after it became evident the event had been cancelled.
Originally Posted February 4, 2016
Bowing to public pressure and the potential threat of protesters, self-described neo-masculinist Daryush Valizadeh, known as Roosh V, canceled plans for worldwide meetups of “tribesman,” including one in Boston’s North End Prado (Paul Revere Mall) scheduled for Saturday, February 6th.
In a statement on the Return of Kings website, Roosh V. says:
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 private in time.
Increased media attention and heavy criticism appeared to play a part in the cancellation. Groups of protesters in various cities were starting to issue counter-threats, such as a Toronto Women’s Boxing Club. The initial plans included 165 events to be held in 43 countries on Saturday night.
Despite the cancellation, there remains the possibility of private events as the ROK organizer says that “I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups.”
At a Thursday night Public Safety meeting in the North End, Boston Police Captain Kenneth Fong said that officers will continue to monitor the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) and surrounding area during the scheduled meetup time.
Roosh V is an anti-feminist blogger who wrote in a blog post last year to “make rape legal if done on private property.” The Washington Post put together this background video segment on Roosh V., his neo-masculinist initiative and recent press reports.