Members of the Antifa extremist group in Portland violently assaulted Andy Ngo, an independent journalist who’s known for documenting the group’s violence, on June 29.
A video recorded at the scene by a reporter for The Oregonian newspaper shows an Antifa member punching Ngo in the face. A pack of Antifa members then gangs up on Ngo, kicking and hurling cups of a white liquid at him as he walks away.
A Getty photographer also captured images of the attack, including photos in which Ngo is seen shielding himself as a masked Antifa member winds up for a punch.
In a video filmed after the attack, Ngo, bleeding and slightly disoriented, tells the audience that the Antifa attackers stole his camera.
“I just got beat up by the crowd—no police at all—in the middle of the street and they stole my GoPro,” Ngo said. “They punched me several times in my face and head. I’m bleeding.”
As police and paramedics arrived, Ngo told the first responders that he had reported assaults from Antifa twice earlier in the day.
Portland Police reported that some of the “milkshakes” thrown at the rally were actually quick-drying cement. It’s unclear if Ngo was hit by one of the cement cups.
Ngo, a Vietnamese American, has regularly documented violent attacks carried out by members of Antifa. His profile on Twitter, prior to the attack, stated that he is “hated by Antifa.”
While Antifa stands for “anti-fascist,” the group rarely, if ever, confronts actual fascists. Composed of communists, socialists, and other hard-left radicals, the group instead labels anyone who doesn’t align with their ideologies a “fascist” to justify its use of violence. After the election of President Donald Trump, the group has frequently used the “fascist” label to attack Trump supporters.
“I am nervous about tomorrow’s Portland Antifa rally. They’re promising ‘physical confrontation’ & have singled me out to be assaulted. I went on Tucker Carlson last year to explain why I think they’re doing this: They’re seeking meaning through violence,” Ngo wrote.