Several Christians who gathered to hear a pastor speak at an event in Portland on Saturday were reportedly attacked by several members of a local Antifa chapter, with some victims claiming that children and toddlers were among those who were attacked.
The event, which was announced last month, featured Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski who has become well-known over the past year for his highly publicized pushback against lockdowns and restrictions against church and worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the announcement, Antifa members and leaders took to social media to call for and organized direct action against participants.
“Welcome to Portland, you won’t like it here, pastor,” one local Antifa member, Melissa Lewis, tweeted, according to the outlet. Andy Ngo, an editor for the Post Millennial and a Portland resident, posted video of the assaults and interviewed victims.
“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,” Ngo wrote in one video post. “Where is your God now?” one person can be heard saying in one of the videos.
Antifa members were also seen becoming very aggressive towards some of the event attendees, moving at them in a threatening manner before destroying sound equipment and spraying chemical agents.
“According to one of the militant antifa members who witnessed the violent direct action, antifa threw the Christian group’s sound equipment into the Willamette River. The attendees, which included children, were hit with projectiles & pepper spray,” Ngo wrote in another tweet. “According to this antifa account, after assaulting the attendees of the Portland family Christian prayer event, they stole their food and water,” he added.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WILLAMETTE WEEK