The SNP has called for action to be taken against the organisation of “sexist and hate-mongering” meetings across the UK by the so-called “Roosh V” who came to notoriety when he previously advocated for rape to be made legal on private property.
SNP MP Owen Thompson has written to Home Secretary Theresa May urging her to take action against Daryush Valizadeh’s intolerable views, and MP for Edinburgh West Deidre Brock has written to Police Scotland’s divisional commander for Edinburgh Kenny MacDonald questioning the legality of a meeting being organised in Edinburgh at the weekend.
Tommy Sheppard MP and Christina McKelvie MSP have also lodged motions in the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament condemning the organisation of the meetings.
Commenting, Owen Thompson MP said: “I am shocked at the organisation of these misogynistic and hate-mongering meetings in Scotland and across the UK which is why I am calling for action to be taken against this type of behaviour.
“Any form of violence or sexual crime against women is completely unacceptable and while it is vital that everything is done to raise awareness of sexual assault we must also educate those who could become perpetrators.
“Sexist and violent speeches are clear acts of incitement and I call on UK Government to take action against the organisation of these meetings as this behaviour has absolutely no place in our modern society.”
Christina McKelvie MSP added: “I believe this man’s actions are tantamount to incitement to perpetrate acts of violence against women – and should be strongly condemned.
“Threatening and intimidating women in this way is never acceptable.”