By: Nate James
An Antifa radical who attacked a conservative journalist in June has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for the assault.
“Antifa” is the name given to a radical, far-left protest movement (“Antifa” is supposedly short for “anti-fascist”) known for its involvement in violent protests.
In June, Antifa attacked conservative journalist Andy Ngo during a protest in Portland. Townhall reports, “At the time, Ngo was an editor for Quillette and frequently covered Antifa protests and gatherings. According to Ngo, Portland Antifa members struck the journalist in the head multiple times, stole his GoPro camera, and threw a milkshake and other items at Ngo during an attack. Ngo posted photos of himself during and after the incident, and Mr. Ngo said he was ‘hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage’ as a result of his injuries.’”
Fellow conservative Adam Kelly was also attacked alongside Ngo. PJ Media reports Kelly “got his head busted open with a baton. He suffered a concussion and needed 25 staples to close the wounds. Gage Halupowski, the 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the attack, was sentenced to 70 months (5.83 years) in prison on Friday.
“Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero said both Kelly and Halupowski were lucky the conservative victim survived his injuries. She described the attack as ‘completely unexplainable, completely avoidable and didn't need to happen,’ Oregon Live reported.”
Breaking: Antifa militant Gage Halupowski sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for striking a man on head from behind w/a baton during riot. He was masked at the time & assaulted an officer while trying to escape. His lawyer says sentence is too severe. https://t.co/g0VNdtPYcx pic.twitter.com/aSNYum9xzV— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) November 2, 2019
Ngo has since reported he was harassed at his private residence on Halloween by Antifa thugs:
Why It Matters:
Antifa is a dangerous movement the left-wing media chooses to turn a blind eye to, but the group’s intolerant behavior is taken an increasingly violent – sometimes deadly – turn.
"I am sure the Portland police will come up with some excuse for why they keep failing to protect their city and its inhabitants. And I’m sure that most journalists will continue to pretend that violent civil disobedience in the center of American cities in broad daylight is really not worth anyone’s time focussing on. But the real lesson of Saturday is that anybody interested in genuine anti-fascism should from now on aim themselves directly at Portland’s Antifa. These are the people of our day who behave most like fascists. It is high time that they were treated as such by officialdom and civil society alike."
- Douglas Murray, National Review
Nate James writes from Texas.