ANTIFA “demonstrators” forced a prominent Portland, Oregon, bookstore to close for the past two days. Antifa wants the establishment to not sell a forthcoming book by a local conservative journalist that details “ANTIFA’s radical plans to destroy democracy.”
Antifa protesters assembled outside Powell’s Books on Monday and demanded the store not sell a book by independent journalist Andy Ngo — Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, Reason.com reported. The demonstration forcing the store’s closure continued on Tuesday.
In a statement from the bookseller, the store said, “This book will not be on our store shelves, and we will not promote it. That said, it will remain in our online catalog” for sale.
The store officials continued, “We carry books that we find anywhere from simply distasteful or badly written, to execrable, as well as those that we treasure. We believe it is the work of bookselling to do so.”
Ngo, the book’s author, tweeted a video interview with one of the demonstrators explaining why she wants the store to “stop selling that f—king book” that is set to release in print and digital on February 2.
“We have to show up every day until they stop selling that f—king book”
An #antifa protester outside @Powells Books explains that stopping the release of my upcoming book would be like stopping the historical publication of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” pic.twitter.com/8NVTtQwYNz
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 11, 2021
When demonstrators arrived, the store quickly led customers out, fearing for their safety, and shut down the store.
Antifa have forced Powell’s to close their store today and employees have evacuated the customers inside out the back door.