Prominent journalist Andy Ngo, an expert on the violent Antifa movement, was reportedly chased and attacked by black-clad Antifa extremists overnight Friday while covering the latest far-left protest in Portland.
On the one-year anniversary of Portland riots that commenced in the wake of George Floyd's death, a man identified as Ngo was assaulted and chased into the downtown Nines hotel by an angered mob of Antifa militants, according to posts on social media and reports by multiple news outlets.
The Oregonian reported that Ngo, the author of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, was tackled and punched before he sought refuge inside the nearby hotel where he was able to escape the scene.
The individual believed to be Ngo was seen crouching behind the front desk as clerks attempted to secure the premises, according to Twitter users. Meanwhile, protesters chanted and pounded on the glass windows to taunt the man.
"I can't wait for you to come out, Andy!" can be heard shouted on-camera. "You thought the milkshakes were bad last time? We're gonna beat the f— out of you, b*tch," a female voice yelled, hurling allegations of racism at the man.
One video posted online claimed to show Ngo being assisted by security inside the hotel's lobby as the journalist eluded the group, Fox News reported. Subsequent posts alleged that Ngo was able to leave the hotel after receiving medical attention, observing that the man entered an elevator and was not seen again.
"Barricade the Nines," an Antifa account ordered. "This [motherf—er] can never feel safe here," another tweeted. Ngo was reportedly transported to the hospital.
A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau told The Portland Tribune that officers "did stand by to allow an injured person to get in an ambulance." However, the spokesperson could not release the name of the person involved.
The Post Millennial has not been able to independently verify the assault.
A group of about 100 protesters gathered at Revolution Hall, the site of the first protest one year ago. A smaller crowd gathered at the Multnomah County Justice Center, which was targeted numerous times during the 100-plus days of civil unrest. Crowd members threw eggs at the east entrance of the Justice Center while Portland Police officers circled the street. The night resulted in at least two arrests.
Portland Police Bureau announced Friday that law enforcement was aware of the pre-planned protest, circulating the anniversary event's flyer that was similar in nature to past graphics that promoted autonomous "direct action," criminal activity, and the use of fire. Protesters were instructed to wear black bloc and "be water," telling followers to dress in dark clothing to obscure identities.
In the press release, the Bureau said police "will have extra resources assigned to monitor this event" and "will respond if violence...takes place that threatens the safety of community members, public employees or to public or private property."
Ngo, who is an editor-at-large at The Post Millennial, has been reached for comment but has not responded by the time of publication.
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