Masked protesters take over streets of Portland, assault police and journalists


PORTLAND, Ore. – A photojournalist and members of law enforcement were reportedly attacked and assaulted by masked antifa members during a massive protest in downtown Portland on Saturday. 

“I just got beat up by the crowd — no police at all — in the middle of the street,” journalist Andy Ngo said in an online post. “And they stole my GoPro. And they punched me several times in my face and head, and I’m bleeding.”

The scuffles began with a small gathering of the Proud Boys group. Officers within the city noted that they had also been struck with flying items like eggs, milkshakes, rocks and more. 


Ngo showed signs of cuts and bruises on his face and neck and evidently had a milkshake and other projectiles thrown at him while he was trying to get away. 

Reports claimed that Ngo was covering Saturday’s Rose City Antifa counter-protest against a rally held by the far-right group Proud Boys in Portland

A video of the scene shows the moments that the masked protesters rush Ngo, throwing items at him while also throwing punches and harsh kicks. The crowd pulls back after an original punch was delivered, but then a number of black-clad individuals rush in, attacking Ngo as he is surrounded. 

Masked protesters take over streets of Portland, assault police and journalists
Ngo is first surrounded, then attacked by masked protesters. (Twitter)

Masked protesters take over streets of Portland, assault police and journalists


Ngo mentioned in his post that there were no members of law enforcement in the immediate area as he was confronted and assaulted. 

Twitter user Jim Ryan noted that the left-wing protesters easily had numbers in the hundreds, while the original protest only had a few dozen attendees.


Officers later were able to get more control of the situation, declaring the event an “unlawful assembly” and threatening those who would not clear the streets with arrest. 

PPB advising this is now a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly. If you do not disperse, you are subject to arrest or use of force, a tweet read.

Ngo has written for a number of national news outlets in the past such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review. He now covers a large portion of the routine protest activity that takes place in downtown Portland.

Officers can be seen in videos below breaking up the crowd of protesters, some who were armed with clubs and sticks. 

Rose City Antifa had reportedly called out Ngo in an online post promoting the “Community Self Defense Against Proud Boy Attack,” calling him a “[l]ocal far-right Islamophobic journalist.”


Portland is no stranger to protests and counter-protests, and Ngo has been wrapped up with masked far-left protesters before. 


In May of 2019, more masked antifa members clashed with the far-right group Patriot Prayer in the streets of Portland just hours after ‘peaceful’ May Day protests were held.

Videos circulating online showed protesters and counter-protesters fighting in the streets. Both sides were armed with various weapons including batons and bear mace. 

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AntiFa protesters January 20, 2017. (Flicker)


In preparation for the protests, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Officer reported that they would not be sending any deputies into the city for calls. Anti-police attitudes are strong within the city walls and the sheriff declared that he was willing to put any of his officers at risk.

After the protests, a brawl ensued outside of a Portland bar where antifascist activists gathered to protest Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that had gathered in the city.

Multiple videos were posted online following the altercation. One video shows a girl ‘knocked out clean’ facedown on the street.


Andy Ngo tweeted a video where he was maced by ‘masked Antifa thugs.’

In 2017, May Day protests in the city erupted into an all out riot. 25 people were arrested as fires burned and local businesses were burglarized and vandalized.

No arrests were made in the protests this year. 




Masked protesters take over streets of Portland, assault police and journalists
Antifa activists are known for sparking violence at protests. (Wikipedia)



Masked protesters take over streets of Portland, assault police and journalists

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