Ngo knew he was going into a hostile situation. A rally held by the Proud Boys, a far-right neo-fascist extremist group that promotes and engages in political violence and counter protestors from Antifa, a far-left anarchist extremist group that promotes and engages in political violence... That situation is going to end up in a violent confrontation. Ngo being a far-right sympathizer (who has doxxed Antifa in the past) and an editor for Quillette (a major hub of the IDW) would be a prime target for Antifa along with the Proud Boys.
I don't agree with violence, Ngo SHOULDN'T have been attacked by any means, but let's not pretend he was just some innocent bystander. He was invested just as much as the Proud Boys and should've known to keep his distance from an extremist group, especially one that he has provoked in the past. I mean it's just common sense.
Pretty much this. Here is how he tweeted about the rally before it occurred:
"Portland is preparing for potential rioting this Saturday as antifa promises violence against the Proud Boys, who are hosting a flag-waving event."
I feel like to anybody who is listening, this reads as blatant dog whistling. He is making the Proud Boys out to be innocent victims who are just there to wave flags and sing kumbaya while the evil antifa are the ones who are to blame for all the inevitable violence.
As for a more concrete and less dog whistly example of Ngo's history:
Andy Ngo picks fights with Antifa not just by criticizing them (which is fine, but less fine when you do it while allying yourself with hate groups in the process), but also by doxxing people and pushing around conspiracy theories about how certain journalists are secret antifa plants.
A campaign involving Quillette (the site Ngo works for), a right wing troll and Ngo (among others) to identify antifa linked journalists is probably the most prominent example, with the list that was created gaining popularity among far right sites such as Stormfront and leading to an influx of death threats against those involved.
Worth noting that the dude is a notorious shit stirrer, provocateur and friend of far right hate groups. He seems to have gone to this rally to antagonize and pick a fight to be made a martyr of so he could go cry about it to Fox News and he got his wish.
I don't support violence against anyone, but some additional context is necessary here.
I've seen his videos before. I've never seen him do more than stand there with his camera out.
Do you wish to provide evidence that he's a provocateur or that he did any more to anger them than commit the simple journalistic act of documenting their behavior?
It is more about his actions online than his actions behind the camera that has drawn the ire of antifa (see above).