The hard-left, paramilitary organization known as Antifa interrupted and shut down a Christian prayer event in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.
Antifa’s violent tactics were captured on camera. Video showed Antifa members clad in all black, wearing black facemasks, carrying shields and forcibly ending the event. Antifa members threatened attendees (some of whom they sprayed with pepper spray), and then turned over and destroyed sound equipment that was being used for the event.
Journalist Andy Ngo, who has been repeatedly assaulted by Antifa for his work exposing the organization, shared video of the encounter (warning: explicit language).
Shocking video recorded in Portland show a large group of antifa carrying shields & weapons move in to attack & shut down a family Christian prayer & worship event on the waterfront. Police did not intervene. pic.twitter.com/8JZuI1LPHo
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 8, 2021
According to Ngo, police did not intervene. The Post Millennial later confirmed this, writing, “the Portland police department did not make any arrests and had no interactions with either group.”
In another video, one woman who attended the event described the tactics Antifa used to break up the event.
She explained, “We were about to have a worship event, and Antifa just rolled in like an angry mob, started throwing flash bombs at everybody, macing everybody, [throwing] rotten eggs at everybody, black paint. They threw a flash bomb into a group of kids that were out there, from like four months old to 10. They were ruthless.”
According to The Post Millennial, the event “was announced last month by a Christian ministry featuring firebrand Canadian preacher Artur Pawlowski.”
The Daily Citizen has previously reported on Pawlowski, a Calgary pastor who kicked police out of his church after they tried to shut down the service due to COVID-19 public health orders. Pastor Pawlowski was later arrested by the Calgary Police Service.
In Ngo’s recent book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, the journalist writes that Antifa is “violent and seeks to destabilize the United States through domestic terrorism.”
He adds that Antifa “is a relatively new American phenomenon.” However, “their ideology and violent strategies have been honed and refined for decades in Europe.”
“Antifa are an ideology and movement of radical pan-leftist politics whose adherents are mainly militant anarchist communists or collectivist anarchists … Their defining characteristics are a militant opposition to free markets and the desire to destroy the United States and its institutions, culture, and history,” he adds.
Ngo recounts in the book that members of Antifa have beaten him, sent him death threats, stalked him, intimidated his family, threatened to shoot him, and released his exact location in real time on social media to coordinate attacks on him.
“The criminal threats are reported to local police, but no one is ever held accountable,” he writes.
Following Antifa’s disruption of the prayer event, hundreds gathered the day after to sing for a subsequent event in the same place. “Antifa are observing the event from afar but have not attacked because they’re outnumbered,” Ngo reported.
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