Investigative journalist Andy Ngo was reportedly assaulted again by members of the Antifa anarchist collective in Portland, the second such attack since he has been covering ongoing riots in the Democrat-controlled city.
Citing social media posts, Fox News correspondent Dom Calicchio reported that Ngo was “chased and attacked by black-clad rioters overnight” on Friday. He went on to say that according to one video posted online, Ngo may have been aided by police in the lobby of a hotel downtown after the journalist got away from one group. Additional posts indicated that Ngo was able to leave the hotel eventually after getting some medical attention.
As of this writing, Ngo had not posted anything to his Twitter feed about an assault against him. But one tweet from Friday indicated that he was in Portland.
This morning, #antifa from Portland traveled to Oregon City to vandalize a street where a patriotic event was scheduled. They dumped blood, feces, oil, animal organs & other things all over. They posted wanted-style flyers around the area of people they said are Proud Boys. pic.twitter.com/AmsJiOeS3T
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 29, 2021
“This morning, #antifa from Portland traveled to Oregon City to vandalize a street where a patriotic event was scheduled. They dumped blood, feces, oil, animal organs & other things all over. They posted wanted-style flyers around the area of people they said are Proud Boys,” wrote.
Photos posted to social media appear to show a disheveled Ngo.
The person who protesters say is Andy Ngo was pushed over and a black lives matter flag was torn off as he was chased pic.twitter.com/86tJjCeGKZ
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) May 29, 2021
Another post claimed that police had entered a hotel where Ngo was holed up and made at least one arrest.
Portland police are now on scene outside a downtown hotel that a person protesters say is Andy Ngo was chased into
At least one arrest made pic.twitter.com/zgDmVdjiAv
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) May 29, 2021
Portland-based Willamette Week reported that someone believed to be Ngo escaped after being attacked by Portland and sought refuge in a local hotel.
“People in a May 28 protest crowd in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center chased, tackled and punched someone they believed to be right-wing author Andy Ngo, pursuing him through the streets of Portland until he hid inside The Nines hotel,” the outlet reported.
“The enraged group pulled on the hotel’s front doors and shouted, ‘You wanna kill us? You wanna kill us, Andy?’ at The Nines staff while the hotel staff frantically tried to hold the entrance closed.
The outlet reported that the hotel staff did not appear to know who Ngo is and repeatedly asked the protesters trying to get in to disperse. The paper added that a group of several dozen demonstrators remained out in front of the hotel for about an hour, yelling at staff that they were “sheltering a Nazi.”
Willamette Week went on to report that Antifa and other demonstrators were “already on edge after the Department of Homeland Security and Portland police conducted two targeted arrests early in the evening.”
Protesters had gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the first night of rioting following the death of George Floyd.
If, in fact, Ngo was assaulted, it would not have been his first time or the most vicious. Ngo was violently attacked in the summer of 2019, about a year before the Floyd incident, in Portland — an assault that was caught on video and which went viral online.
“On way to hospital. Was beat on face and head multiple times in downtown in middle of street with fists and weapons. Suspects at large,” Ngo wrote on Twitter after the incident.
Following the possible assault Friday, several people took to social media to show support for Ngo.
“Antifa behaving like fascists. Sounds about right. They’re everything they pretend to hate,” Iran-born Australian journalist Rita Panahi wrote.
Antifa behaving like fascists. Sounds about right. They’re everything they pretend to hate. https://t.co/dUFo7u782J
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 29, 2021
“If you’re chasing and assaulting journalists you’re acting like fascists not fighting fascism,” Conor Friedersdorf, a writer for the liberal magazine The Atlantic, added.
If you're chasing and assaulting journalists you're acting like fascists not fighting fascism.
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) May 29, 2021
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