JournalistAndy Ngo, who survived a brutal attack byAntifa membersin June, said Friday that Portland police are not prepared to control Saturday’s planned standoff between the hate group and far-right demonstrators.
“I’m really concerned about the Antifa-versus-right-wing protest happening tomorrow. I think it has the potential to be a powder keg,” Ngo told“Fox & Friends.”
“In Portland, political violence is a banality now,” he said. “However, the demonstrations are looming in the shadows of the recent mass shootings by the far-left and the far-right ideologues and their extremist elements who are broadcasting their desires for bloodshed. On top of that, police seem to be at a breaking point. They’re severely understaffed.”
Ngo doesn’t trust that the police will dampen the conflict.
“It’s nearly seven weeks ago now I was beaten and robbed in daylight in the middle of downtown in front of the police precinct by Antifa and there still has not been a single arrest,” he said.
Ngo also said that Portland, a city he described as “extremely anti-police,” has an “odd” political system because the mayor runs the police department.
Ngo went on to say, “It’s from my perception, based on my coverage of the events over and over, that there may not be a vocal stand-down order but in practice, the policies that are outlined for police is basically stand down. As you can see in the videos that go viral over and over, Antifa and other far-left militants can take over the streets of downtown with impunity.”