A men's group calling for rape on private property to be legalised has been forced to cancel meetings across the world because it fears for the safety and privacy of its members.
Return of Kings planned a series of "tribal meetings" across Australia and the world but their plans have been scuppered by feminist and opposition groups that planned to protest.
The international "neo-masculinist" group has courted controversy for its negative views of women and for advocating for rape of women to be legalised on private property.
Amid warnings from authorities that they were not welcome and announcements on Thursday about protests by feminist groups, the location details for Saturday's tribal meetings were hidden on the group's website and replaced by two email addresses.
Then on Thursday afternoon the group's leader, Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, posted a statement on his website cancelling the events.
"I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6," he said.
"I apologise to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."
Mr Valizadeh was working to make the meetings private, as protest groups began popping up on Facebook advertising the locations and organising rallies.
Some on social media believe the cancellation announcement is only an attempt to cover up the meetings.
"My feeling is that this is just an attempt to meet quietly, without protest or media snapping pictures of those who attend," Celeste Rochelle said on Facebook.
Meetings by Return of Kings were due to take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and dozens of locations around the world for 8pm on February 6.