It looks like Portland is condoning Mob Violence by the Left Wing Terrorist Group ANTIFA.
I can’t see any other explanation.
There’s plenty of “organizing” information out there on the ANTIFA web sites. It would be trivial for the Police to insert an undercover or use an informant to get the details. They KNEW where ANTIFA and the folks ANTIFA wanted to attack were going to be (set up “roadblocks” between them, so that’s very clear). They had plenty of personnel on site. Clearly the Police were told to stay out of it and “stand down”.
Antifa showed up with crowbars (saw them in the video), helmets, goggles, mace / bear spray / pepper spray, and a variety of other things. This included what has variously been described as “Milkshakes” and “cement”. The Portland Police Department, after the fact, has stated some of the “Milkshakes” had Quick Drying Cement in them. As the attacked reporter got a brain bleed, and one of the thrown “milkshakes” in the video sure looks quite solid in flight, impact, and rebound; I’m pretty sure it was a cement rock.
Use of crowbars, boot stomping kicks, and 2 pound cement bricks is lethal force. This was attack with intent to kill or do grievous bodily harm. The worst possible felony. Some of the cement was not set up at the time of throwing. Liquid cement is a caustic alkaline material. It can cause blindness and remove skin if left long enough in contact. One reputed ANTIFA posting said they wanted to blind as many people as possible.
How can a clearly violent and evil group, bent on severe bodily harm and injury, armed with crowbars and cement / chemical weapons, be allowed to to form mobs on the streets of a major US City and the Police do NOTHING to stop them.
I have never been so glad that I refused that job in Portland a few decades back. I’ll not be vacationing there again either. (We did visit the city about 25 years ago when it was a pleasant place to visit). Portland can rest comfortable in the knowledge that I’ll not be spending one dime in their city. (Nor, for that matter, will I knowingly buy any products made there). Portland, you are dead to me.
Andy Ngo is an Asian Gay Journalist. He was beaten to the point of a “brain bleed” by White Thugs. Now just why is that OK? Because Andy Ngo was filming them (as were dozens of others…) but Andy has “Wrong Think” and has a minor conservative point of view on some things.
Where are the Main Stream Media Journalists up in arms about a Journalist, practicing their craft being beaten to a bloody pulp by a Violent Political Mob?
So where are the Hate Crime Mavens now, eh? Gay Guy beat up, how about it Rainbow Warriors, are you coming to his defense?
How about all the Hate Crime Race Baiters: Asian Guy beat up. Where’s the Democrats in the street moaning about RACIST RACIST RACIST ANTIFA!!!
Journalist Andy Ngo Attacked by Antifa at Portland Protest
Where’s law enforcement? Where’s the Mayor’s response?
Andy Ngo, a journalist covering a clash between far-right and far-left demonstrators in Portland, was sent to the ER after being surrounded and beaten by members of Antifa on Saturday. Ngo was punched in the head, covered with silly string and eggs, and struck with milkshakes that Portland PD later claimed were filled with quick-drying cement. Ngo’s camera equipment was stolen by a member of the group, which can be observed in this video. Ngo was recognized and attacked because of his history of documenting Antifa’s actions in Portland.
Antifa members wear black and cover their faces, arguing that such measures are necessary to be effective in their mission. Their stated aim is to prevent the spread of fascism. This is not the first time, however, that Antifa members have targeted observers. They rose to prominence for protesting speaker Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley, starting fires and causing approximately $100,000 in collateral damage in the process.
In a video from October 2018, which later went viral, members of the group can be seen accosting a driver during the protest of a police shooting that left 27-year-old Patrick Kimmons dead. Antifa representatives from the branch “SmashRacismDC” also gathered outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home in November 2018; a video taken by one observer shows them chanting “We know where you sleep at night.”
There is an ideological explanation for why Antifa members attack bystanders. Per the Rose City Antifa website FAQ, “Failing to stop fascists from speaking — that is, giving them the opportunity to organize to impose their agenda on the rest of us — makes you as bad as them.” Antifa’s philosophy equates bystanders with fascists, marking anyone that does not overtly support them a threat and thus a target.
Worse than a bystander, though, is a critic of Antifa.
None of that justifies a violent attack by a mob on a single individual who is hurting nobody.
Ngo has become a national figure since the video of his assault went viral. Michelle Malkin, a friend of Ngo’s, set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to raise money for Ngo’s medical expenses and to replace his stolen equipment. At the time of writing, the page has raised $122,000 on Ngo’s behalf. According to a statement from a legal representative, Ngo is currently recovering in the hospital after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
The lack of action by Oregon’s elected officials and police are a disappointingly — and dangerously — tepid response to Antifa’s actions against Ngo. It remains to be seen if this violence will create a violent backlash by opposing forces or prompt the government, state-level or national, to address it.
It is well past time that ANTIFA was brought up on RICO charges, Civil Rights Abuse charges, and general felony violence charges. Bring in the Feds. Now.
So Ted Cruz thinks that’s a good idea too. But will it ever happen?
Portland mayor should be investigated by feds over Antifa attack on conservative writer, Sen. Cruz says
By Greg Norman | Fox News
Includes a video of part of the attack.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler should be investigated by federal law enforcement officials following his handling of the protests in his city this weekend that saw a conservative writer purportedly attacked by members of Antifa, Sen. Ted Cruz said.
The comments from the Texas Republican come as a video is circulating on the internet purportedly showing editor Andy Ngo being pelted with eggs, milkshakes and other objects on Saturday in Oregon’s largest city. At least three people were arrested and several others were reported injured there throughout the day during a series of demonstrations, as members of Antifa and other leftist groups clashed with members of the far-right Proud Boys and conservatives, police said.
“To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” Cruz tweeted alongside a story recapping the incident surrounding Ngo.
Milkshakes do not cause “brain bleeds”… Cement and crowbars do.
IMHO, anyone who runs a farm, has a business, or just generally wants to go out for a night on the town, needs to avoid Portland. It is NOT a safe city. Certainly not unless you are a Black Block member and have your party credentials on display. The rest of us will be issued our Yellow Star as we enter…
Additional videos, and links, in comments starting about here (h/t Larry Ledwick):
Some interesting variations on the Antifa Flag:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/oh-gawd-ive-been-honkpilled/#comment-114033 including a look at their roots: