Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Thousands of Canadians have joined a movement aimed at keeping an American "neo-masculine" blogger from getting across the border.
Billed as "The Web's most famous misogynist" Daryush Valizadeh has a pick-up artist workshop planned this weekend in Montreal.
He goes by "Roosh V" online and and has written over a dozen instructional e-books on how to "bang" women in different countries, and advocates for the decriminalization of rape and domestic violence. 
When Montrealer Aurelie Nix heard he would be travelling to Montreal, she helped organize a protest for the same day as his event.
Roosh V found some of her photos, and went after her online.
"He posted it and incited people to wonder if they would sexually assault me, saying that he would." she says. "I received a lot of death and rape threats on Facebook, online, on his forum, my pictures have been posted everywhere."
Nix has pressed charges against him with the Montreal police.
Vancouver resident Sarah Parker-Toulson started a petition to keep Roosh V out of the country, based on the Canadian criminal code outlawing the incitement of hate against an identifiable group.
"I started a petition to the border services in order to get him denied entry," she says. "In the same sense that we fight white supremacy and don't allow it to flourish in Canada we also take a stance against organized misogyny because it also results in sexual assault and violence against women."
Thousands of people have signed the petition, with organizers hoping that the Montreal protest won't be necessary after all.
Though Nix says there is no way to know whether he had already arrived in the country. 
Valizadeh could not be reached for comment.


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