BANGOR, Maine — Members of a controversial men’s rights group called Return of Kings claim they will rendezvous at the Bangor Public Library on Saturday night as part of an international meeting of the largely online organization.
The library is a public meeting point. From there, members say they will proceed to an undisclosed location to hold a meeting.
Bangor is one of 165 public meeting locations in 43 countries, according to the group. The gatherings are set for 8 p.m.
Return of Kings, founded by Daryush Valizadeh, espouses a “ neomasculism” philosophy — which proclaims the superiority of heterosexual males — which has been described as misogynistic, homophobic and discriminatory.
Bangor Public Library Director Barbara McDade had no comment when asked about the library as a meeting site. She did note the library wouldn’t be open during that time.
Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Wednesday that police are aware of the event.
“We are aware of all the Internet chatter and forums,” Cotton wrote in an email. “People have the right to assemble and gather and the Bangor Police Department has no intention of disrupting peaceful and legal activities. Again, if we are needed, we will be there.”
In other cities where meetups may occur, public officials have condemned the group.
“Your pro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbage is not welcome in Ottawa,” stated Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa, Ontario, on Twitter on Tuesday.