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A self-styled pick-up artist who thinks rape should be legalised wants like-minded Sydney men to meet up and bond later this month.
Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, founder of the self-styled men's advocacy group Return of Kings, announced on Twitter on Monday evening that he had booked a ticket on a flight to Australia.
The move appears to be in response to online outcry over news that Mr Valizadeh's supporters would host face-to-face "tribal meetings" in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane on Saturday.
The group, which has so far confined the bulk of its operations to online, believes rape should be legalised on private property and that women are biologically determined to follow the orders of men.
"F--- it, I just booked a flight to Australia. See you somewhere there on 2/6. I'll stay a while, see some sights," Mr Valizadeh tweeted with an screen shot of flight options to Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne.
"To all attractive Australian girls in age range of 18-22. I'm coming to your country and am free to meet for drinks," he tweeted.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has been contacted for comment.
The meetings, which purportedly coincide with 43 public meetings worldwide, were organised by Mr Valizadeh, the founder of the Return of Kings website.
Plans for the Australia-based meetings has inspired outrage and mocking online.
An online petition to stop Valizadeh's supporters meeting in Australia had attracted ovr 10,000 signatures by 10pm on Monday.
The former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick tweeted: "The views espoused by Return of Kings are deeply offensive and have no place in Australia."
"They want us to know they hate us," wrote author and commentator Melinda Tankard Reist.
Greens Senator Larissa Waters tweeted "Any meetings will tank".
Social media lit up at the news, with men and women expressing outrage.
There are people out there who want to make it legal to rape women on private property but naaaah it's the feminists who are extreme— Trisha Jha (@themetresgained) February 1, 2016
While dozens of tweets responded to the news with mocking humour.
who wants to go to hyde park and laugh out loud https://t.co/irdFPwbYDX— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) February 1, 2016
Men joined the barrage of critics, distancing themselves from the self-styled men's advocacy group.
You'd expect men's advocacy would focus on heart disease, depression etc. But nope, "rape should be legal on private property"— AtticusThomas (@AtticusThomas) February 1, 2016
Mr Valizadeh has been retweeting reactions to the meeting on his Twitter page, including tweets from women who say they fear for their safety in areas where the group plans to meet.
I love how I can trigger entire countries and get women clutching their pearls without stepping foot inside them. pic.twitter.com/jI4klcwfNT— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
The Sydney meeting points for the event will be held in three locations - the Hyde Park Fountain, park benches outside the Coogee Pavilion complex and the shopping strip at Brighton-Le-Sands.
A representative of City of Sydney Council said the council "are making sure the police know about the meeting".
Solicitor Stephen Blanks, the President of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties, said there may be grounds for police to disrupt the meeting.
"If the organisers of the assembly don't give one week's notice to the police then the police may enforce the law about unlawful assembly and obstruction against the people who participate," Mr Blanks said.
"Defending the right of free speech involves providing opportunities to people to express opinions which society appals and rejects. The right to free speech does not include the right to advocate violence in any way that may encourage actual violence against women or anyone else.
"If this group is stepping over that boundary, they have no right to assembly."
Police said they were aware of a number of meetings of Return of Kings supporters occurring on Saturday night across Sydney and would monitor these areas to ensure there were no breaches of the peace.
Mr Valizadeh has said that women, transgender men and homosexual men are not to attend, even though the meetings will begin in public spaces.
In a post on Return of Kings, Mr Valizadeh advised supporters to film and photograph protesters and send the footage to his personal email so he could, "tear them up".
It is the first time Mr Valizadeh has attempted to organise "off line" meetings between his supporters.
"Our views are becoming known enough that we can 'come out' of the shadows and not have to hide behind a computer screen for fear of retaliation," said Mr Valizadeh in a post on the website.
"Let the sixth of February be a clear signal to all that we're not going anywhere. We have finally arrived."
According to the website's About page, the Return of Kings tenets are, "A woman's value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man's value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character."
"Elimination of traditional sex roles and the promotion of unlimited mating choice in women unleashes their promiscuity and other negative behaviors that block family formation," it says.
The group gained attention in Australia after publishing a list ranking the nine ugliest feminists in America in 2013.
Articles written by Mr Valizadeh and Return of Kings' contributors express views that women should not be able to vote, that rape on private property should be legalised, that transgender women who sleep with heterosexual men are rapists and that women are biologically determined to follow the orders of men.