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[WATCH] Portland Protestors Chase Man They Believe to Be Andy Ngo Into Hiding at Hotel Lobby

People who had gathered to remember George Floyd at a May 28 protest in Portland, Oregon, chased, tackled, and punched someone they believed to be right-wing author Andy Ngo, pursuing him through the streets of Portland until he hid inside the lobby of upscale hotel The Nines.

Ngo is the nation’s most prominent media detractor of Portland’s anti-fascist movement. In January, he published a bestselling book criticizing Antifa. His national fame stems in part from being kicked and punched by masked assailants during a Portland protest in May 2019.

Ngo’s willingness to post the mug shots and other personal information of arrested protesters has caused many of the people in Portland’s leftist movement to see him as something like an existential threat. In his reporting—via Twitter, the conservative news site The Post Millennial, and guest appearances on Fox News—Ngo has been regularly accused of sensationalizing the danger presented by anti-fascists and other left-wing groups.

In February, Hachette released a memoir, written by Ngo called Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. Local activists responded to the book with demonstrations in front of Powell’s Books, angry that the independent bookstore would carry it. The demonstrations generated news coverage that arguably helped raise the book’s profile.

Friday’s march had concluded around 11:30 pm without much fanfare. But then word began to spread that Ngo was in the crowd—disguised and wearing a Black Lives Matter flag around his shoulders.

A group of five to 10 people in identity-obscuring clothing called “black bloc” followed the person they suspected of being Ngo for blocks, inquiring who he was. At one point, the person they pursued said his name was Jake. The group unsuccessfully tried to unmask the unknown man, who then ran for blocks until someone in the pursuing group tackled him and punched him several times after his head hit the brick sidewalk.

The man ultimately sought shelter of the lobby at the Nines. The enraged group pulled on the hotel’s front doors and shouted, “You wanna kill us? You wanna kill us, Andy?” at The Nines staff while the hotel staff frantically tried to hold the entrance closed.

The person believed to be Ngo was not observed leaving the hotel, so the crowd waited in front of The Nines for at least an hour, telling people entering the hotel that it was “sheltering a Nazi.” The staff of The Nines didn’t seem to have any knowledge of who Ngo is. They repeatedly asked the crowd to clarify what was going on. Eventually, they asked for the group to leave.

Video and photos of the person hiding in The Nines appeared to be Ngo, but he had not himself released any public statements about the incident. Watch the footage of the incident, below.

 



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