“No journalist in America should ever face violence for doing his or her job,” said Ngo. “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,” continued Ngo. “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,” continued Ngo. “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.”
Ngo stated that he had to flee the US due to death threats and was back in town to take care of an elderly family member.
“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,” said Ngo.
Ngo stated that a member of the group, John Hacker, who assaulted Ngo in 2019, approached Ngo and started asking him questions. Ngo walked away and then was swarmed by an Antifa mob.
John Hacker is well known for spotting out suspected infiltrators.
“As I sprinted through downtown Portland trying to flag down help, there was no visible police presence,” continued Ngo. “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.”
“It seemed obvious they intended to make good on hundreds of threats over the past two years to kill me,” said Ngo.
“Later, I was escorted to an ambulance by a medic from Portland Fire and Rescue through a back entrance of the hotel,” continued Ngo. “I was treated in the ER for multiple injuries to my head and body. When Antifa last beat me for doing my job in 2019, doctors told me I could have died from the brain hemorrhage caused by the blows to my head. I have made more than two dozen reports of subsequent threats and attacks to the Portland Police and as far as I am aware no action has been taken.”
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,” said Ngo. “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.”
“The images of journalist Andy Ngo being targeted and brutalized by a violent mob is truly disturbing,” said Jonathan Choe, a journalist for KOMO News. “It could have happened to any one of us in the field. As a fellow Asian American journalist in the Pacific Northwest, I stand with Mr. Ngo during his recovery and urge others in the journalism community to publicly condemn this on going hate and harassment. As minority journalists trying to fairly and accurately cover our communities, we also need law enforcement and elected officials to refocus efforts to protect journalists on the front lines.”
Andy also appeared on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham to speak about the incident