A #HimToo demonstration was crashed by a violent group of Antifa members on Saturday. The far-left activists verbally berated and physically accosted a journalist covering the event.
“I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me,” said independent journalist Andy C. Ngo, who’s also an editor at Quillette Magazine.
“It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me,” he said.
Ngo was covering a #HimToo rally, organized by a local activist Haley Adams, meant to draw awareness to male sexual assault victims and the falsely accused. The contentious rally ended with six arrests.
“I feel a bit rattled by the experience. I’ve had things thrown at me before but today I was surrounded, cursed, & pushed by Antifa,” said Ngo, who added that Portland officers merely “stood by.”
When the journalist first hit the rally, at around 2 p.m., he was met by Antifa members pushing him and telling him he was unwelcome. “I was accosted & pushed around by masked agitators,” he said.
“You are not welcome in this park; not by me, not by any of us,” said one female agitator.
“That’s okay. I don’t need your permission to be here,” replied Ngo, who then repeatedly asks her to stop touching him.
“Get out of my walkway,” she said. “How about you get the f*** out of here, Andy!”
“Your parents would be embarrassed by you — and your grandparents — who have been oppressed by white men throughout history. You should be ashamed of yourself,” said agitators, according to Ngo.
In one of the more intense moments at the rally, Ngo was then accosted and had his camera equipment sprayed with silly string.
“A large group of #antifa protesters encircled me,” captioned the reporter. “After I am pushed away, a masked woman sprays my camera equipment & myself w/wet silly string. They then play music & laugh. I want to file a harassment report with [Portland Police] but the assailant’s identity is unknown.”
The verbal berating continued; the activists told Ngo that Portland “f***ing hates” him and that he’s “a loser with no friends” and an “Islamophobe.”
There were also not-so-veiled threats issued: “That’s an expensive camera equipment you got there,” and, “Thank God you got all these cops around, huh?”
When the police finally came to push back the agitators, Antifa yelled, “Cops and Klan work hand-in-hand!”
An Antifa member at the event exposed his bare bottom to officers and gave them the finger.
Ngo said that after the rally was over, Antifa “chased down people trying to get to their cars & fought them.”