With no Nazis to battle against, the 60 or so mostly masked ANTIFA protesters turned their wrath on 5 members of "Portland's Liberation", a conservative/libertarian group who had also come to protest against the Nazi Hammerskins.
As I filmed this menacing behavior, ANTIFA protesters aggressively turned on me. One of my cameras was knocked to the ground by the angry mob. I was struck by approximately 20 different people before they were able to break the Go Pro mount I was holding on to and wrestle my Lytro illum out of my hands eventually breaking the strap that was wrapped around my wrist. They smashed my glasses and caused injury to my left eye, requiring a hospital visit. The diagnosis is that the vitreous of my left eye is detached deformed and appears granular from trauma. It will require follow up care.
Stolen were my "Go Pro Hero 6" and my "Lytro Illum" light field camera I did also lose the two large memory cards inside, which contained important interviews that I can't get back.
I thank anyone who is considering taking part in making me whole again so I can get back to work. A special thank you to Elijah Schaffer for suggesting I set this up.
It's encouraging to see the amount of support the conservative journalist community has shown me and others that have been through similar attacks. There's a real sense that we are in this together trying to document this dangerous militant group.
- C L
- Brandon Brown
- Charles Harris
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