Calling Out Antifa Activists

There comes a time when we can not stay silent any more.  Like now.

Many have talked or blogged about antifa activists.  While I have read about this group I have not blogged about them, mainly due to always finding another story which propelled me to my keyboard with more passion.  But then I saw this photo.  I did not know who the man was or what happened.  It was his eyes which drew me in to find out more.  He looked more than hurt, he looked stunned.  That is what got my attention.

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The man, Andy Ngo is an Oregon photojournalist who covers Portland’s frequently violent protest scene.  He was taken to the hospital Saturday after being attacked by black-masked antifa activists.

Being an editor at the online platform Quillette comes with many responsibilities.  But needing to know how to defend oneself as a journalist should not need be a prerequisite for heading out to do the job.  Ngo was struck on the head and face “multiple times” by antifa protesters, who also threw objects and a milkshake at him as he tried to walk away.

Again, not what any one should expect when covering a news story.

The attack, recorded in part by the Oregonian and posted on Twitter, came during Saturday’s Rose City Antifa counter-protest against a rally held by the far-right group Proud Boys in downtown Portland.  Let me be clear in stating that neither group is the type we would want dating our sister.   But it was the antifa crowd which damaged and hurt this journalist–and that is why this post is written.

Bloody cuts and bruises is the aim of the antifa crowd, as demonstrated on far too many occasions.  Ngo was punched several times in his face and on his head–and this all took place in the middle of a street.

In America.

There is no refuge on this blog for anyone who attacks a journalist.  Period.  What happened to Ngo was reprehensible.

We Stand With Hong Kong Protesters

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I suspect much of the world is thinking of people in Hong Kong, and urging for their success, as the news shows a deepening of the political crisis. It’s the 22nd anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China, and new power plays are being used by China to the detriment of the people in Hong Kong.  This blogging desk is foursquare in the corner of those who are fighting for their rights as this post is written.

Hong Kong is exploding with protests as tens of thousands of residents fed up with China’s increasing erosion of their democratic freedoms have taken to the streets and clashed with riot police.  Some smashed through metal barriers and glass doors and windows at the Legislature’s building to gain entry; thousands of others are marching.

The Hong Kong hospital authority said it had treated 54 people following today’s protests. Three people are reportedly in a serious condition.

The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organizers of the main protest march downtown, and pan-democratic lawmakers say Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has rejected their approach for talks to end the crisis. CHRF has reissued its call for Lam to step down.

There were promises made in 1997 to the Hong Kong people and the roughshod treatment of those promises must not continue.  The people know their government is a puppet of Beijing.  The effort from President Xi to have Hong Kong authorities repress the people must be called out for what it is.

An authoritarian effort to squash the rights of those who have tasted democracy and do not wish to retreat to the constraints of Communism.

The world needs to demand China to cease at once their outrageous behavior.

And so it goes.