Journalist Andy Ngo had to leave Portland because Antifa threats against his life were out of control. After he wrote a book revealing the hidden facts about the communist anarchist organization, they targeted him even worse. Over Memorial Day weekend, he returned to Portland to take care of his elderly parents. While there, he went in disguise to an Antifa “direct action” at the Justice Center to report for a new chapter of his book. It didn’t take long for him to be recognized and attacked…and flee for his life.
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No journalist in America should ever face violence for doing his or her job. Yet on Friday, May 28, Antifa tried to kill me again while I was reporting on the ongoing protests and riots in Portland, Ore. for a new chapter of my book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.”
I was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob, baying for my blood. Had I not been able to shelter wounded and bleeding inside a hotel while they beat the doors and windows like animals, there is no doubt in my mind I would not be here today. Their words, like their actions, speak for themselves.
Antifa wants me dead because I document what they want to stay hidden. The attacks against me and threats on my life are retribution for my work as a journalist, recording the tactics and true ideology of an extremist clandestine movement that relies on deception and regards the truth as the greatest threat of all. They want the right to hide their identities behind masks, and erase records of their arrests and alleged crimes. They want me dead for capturing these things and reporting on them.
But it is the right of every journalist, protected and preserved by the founding fathers, to report freely without fear. I was forced to flee my home in Portland last year as the death threats escalated but returned recently to take care of my elderly family. When I engaged in field reporting for my book, I did what every beat reporter would do: I took care to mitigate the risks and went to observe Antifa first-hand during a demonstration at the Justice Center. Like many other journalists Antifa has tried to silence and intimidate through violence and threats, I had to cover my face and eyes to do my job and stay alive. As the Asian son of Vietnamese immigrants, I also have to be mindful of Antifa’s attacks on multiple people of East Asian origin.
Andy wore black, like the Antifa members in what is known as “Black Bloc,” and carried a BLM flag. A known Antifa member who had attacked him once before attempted to talk to him. When one of the Antifa mob yanked off his mask, things took a dangerous turn.
Shortly before midnight, Antifa member John Hacker, who assaulted me in 2019, began asking me questions. I didn’t answer and attempted to walk away, but a group of masked people in black followed and surrounded me. As they interrogated me, one managed to pull off my mask and immediately yelled, “That’s Andy. Get him! Get him!”
As I sprinted through downtown Portland trying to flag down help, there was no visible police presence. At SW 4th Ave and SW Morrison, one of the black-clad Antifa members tackled me to the ground in front of Pioneer Place Mall, punching my head and face repeatedly, while I pleaded for them not to kill me. All the time I could hear the angry cries and footsteps of the mob approaching.
In the chaos, I managed to seize a moment when my attackers were distracted and crawled away. As soon as I could get to my feet, I sprinted inside the only business I could see that was open —The Nines Hotel. I begged hotel staff to call 911, but they refused and ordered me to wear a mask and leave the property. I insisted, reminding them of the violent mob outside seeking to kill me. By now, masked Antifa operatives were pounding on the hotel doors and windows, screaming and shouting my name and trying to break inside.
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Once he put on a mask, the hotel was obliged to call 911, and riot police showed up to surround the hotel. A medic escorted Andy out of the hotel by means of a back entrance and he was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Antifa does everything in its power to discredit Journalist Andy Ngo: making fun of him, lying about his work, and threatening to kill him every chance they get. Many of the other “street reporters” stand with him, and have also been attacked for covering Antifa. But because Andy is the point of the spear with his book, they want him dead. Is he a real journalist? He’s more of a journalist than the legacy media.
I call on the Portland Police and federal authorities to act on this before Antifa operatives hiding behind their masks succeed in murdering an American journalist on their watch. And I call on journalists and all those who believe in the First Amendment to join me in standing against the tyranny of those who use violence to terrorize, silence and suppress the truth.
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