My grassroots Twitter feed gives me an incredible array of concerns by people from all walks of life. I try to keep a balance interests to round out what’s important in my life.
Last summer there were many tweets shared on how antifa in Portland, OR attacked journalist Andy Ngo! Two other men across the street from Mr. Ngo were viciously attacked as well. Andy received various cuts, bruises and perhaps a ‘brain bleed’. Supposedly antifa threw ‘milkshakes’ which we’re told by police probably had quik dry cement in them. The outcry over how antifa is allowed to attack people, disrupt traffic, vandalize or destroy property in Portland just rose to another huge level.
I’ve been following Andy for some months mainly because he’s a serious writer and huge proponent for free speech as I am. I also came to love Portland, OR like a second home, and saw first hand how the city has changed due to the various resistance movements there in the last few years. However, I have mixed feelings about how he promotes himself. I wouldn’t go around trash talking Portland streets like he does, or define himself by his sexual orientation like he does either. Other stuff.
Not many are defending free speech in this era. His risking to uncover the ‘antifa’ story has very important, I believe. Mainstream media has tried to dominate what we see or hear about them! I appreciate Andy sharing on the rise in hate talk, anti-Jewish, anit-gay sentiment around the world. He’s giving voice to many common people in Portland, on Twitter, who’re angry or upset about these very dangerous trends. I’ve been on threads where I’ve got hundreds of tweets in support of the need for Portland police, mayor to step up with a stronger presence re: antifa. Many are crying out for something more to be done.
I’ve visited PDX often since Marc’s homicide and stay downtown 1-2+ blocks from the heart of many of the protests. It’s restricting at times of course when the protests go on while I visit. Normally nights are peaceful but I’ve been woken at times by bull horns blaring and people shouting slogans.
Portland is a city of roughly 650,000. When Mayor Ted Wheeler came into office few years ago he inherited the BLM, Resist PDX and now antifa movements. What a heritage! I was glad he set up a more secure system for holding City Council Mtgs. He and former Mayor Hales had been confronted by menacing, rowdy & destructive people trying to disturb or run city politics during the Council Meetings. So, strides have been taken to bring peace to the running of the Council Mtgs.
But antifa has been a thorn in his side, partly for the way the city is built, in how the streets and bridges all converge on the downtown area …. the part of Portland that holds the most attraction for retail, city & legal offices, hotels and visitors. And partly due to the fact Wheeler is a progressive & is offended with many of Trumps ICE directives, etc. which brings out the demonstrators.
Anyway, antifa is mostly youths from maybe 18 -20’s, who’re many times of mixed sexual preferences. They are not thoughtful, idealistic college kids with any positive plan. From what I’ve read in the past, most aren’t registered voters so they don’t participate in the political process as peaceful adults. Antifa’s moniker approves of violence. I watched Chuck Todd interview Mark Bray, the author of the “Antifa Handbook“, the definitive book on antifa last year. Mark chronicles the establishment of antifa and I heard him flatly state ‘violence is necessary‘. This group is also nationwide and so who knows who is funding them? But we have some idea who is.
(If we say we believe in free speech, it has to go along with honest reporting, peaceful demonstration! Tolerance of others views. Antifa likes to bother Joey Gibson’s Patriots Prayer group when they hold rallies in downtown PDX, but their main objective is to instill fear by causing violence to people and property in cities they think need a lesson. They hate Trump, hate fascists. There’s no political, social or religious platform of good towards humanity coming out of them or we’d try to understand them. That’s where I think Wheeler errs in his heart towards them!)
(Andy chooses to walk quietly among antifa protesters, in Portland as well as Seattle, not saying a word, but filming here and there … and he’s often pointed out & confronted verbally, had items thrown at him, been roughed up. Recently he was attacked at his gym, and has received death threats that he exposes in tweets. He’s the only independent journalist doing this that I know of except for Elijah Schaffer, Blaze TV reporter.)
Portland is a beautiful city and I don’t want to feed into all the negative hype! But there needs to be a definitive answer to the vicious protesters! I really wish Mr. Wheeler would stop and recognize who his voting and peaceful constituents are, who he’s responsible to, what the future will be like if antifa violence is allowed to continue? The driver who ran over people in Charlottesville was caught and sentenced …. antifa, who cause violence on people and property in Portland, should be caught and sentenced as well.
Mr. Wheeler is hurting citizens, visitors and the whole image of his city by allowing the antifa violence –
Orig : 7/19