The conservative Australian writer Andrew Bolt was in the news this week due to an incident which produced a viral video. In the footage, Bolt is attacked by two masked Antifa type thugs but hits them right back.

News AU reported:

Protesters get more than they bargain for when Andrew Bolt bashes back

CONTROVERSIAL columnist and TV personality Andrew Bolt has “clobbered” a group of masked protesters who set upon him in Melbourne yesterday.

On his TV program last night, Bolt explained how he was about to launch a book on US President Donald Trump at a restaurant in Carlton, in the city’s inner north, when a woman asked to take a selfie with him.

Before they could take the photo, two masked protesters set upon Bolt, spraying his face and suit with what he described as “sticky liquid with glitter and dye”.

The protesters may have got more than they bargained for because Bolt quickly retaliated, punching one of the attackers repeatedly.

“Bad luck for them, of course; I don’t do running and hiding,” he told his viewers on his Sky News program The Bolt Report on Tuesday night.

The conservative columnist screened security camera footage of the altercation on his show, freezing on the faces of each of his attackers as well as a third man who filmed the ambush.

Here’s the video:

The Sydney Morning Herald has more:

Behind the left-wing Antifa movement that attacked Andrew Bolt

A broad-daylight brawl between commentator Andrew Bolt and apparent members of the anti-fascist “Antifa” movement have raised concerns about the safety of high-profile conservatives, particularly in Melbourne.

Present at a number of wild and violent clashes with right-wing extremists and police in recent years, the Antifa group claimed members of its “family” were responsible for Tuesday’s attack on Bolt at a book launch.

Alarming footage posted to social media showed a hooded man throw a substance at Bolt’s head on Carlton’s Lygon Street, which then escalated into a violent scuffle, knocking over chairs of an outdoor restaurant.

The News Corp columnist and Sky News host fought back fiercely, landing kicks and punches on his assailants until they disbanded, while an unknown onlooker shouted: “What are you doing?” and “Go away”.

Bolt and other commentators told Fairfax Media they feared conservatives faced an increasing threat to their safety from far-left activists, especially in the Victorian capital.

Bolt is getting praised by some:

Another article from the Sydney Morning Herald has quotes from Bolt himself:

“I am sick of people trying to intimidate me, trying to threaten me,” he said. “I’m sick of the threats on my life and my reputation. I’m sick of being sued and bullied and I’m not going to take it. I’m just not going to take it.

“We should be free to have a debate and to walk down the street without fear of being attacked.

“The right to free speech has to be better protected – everywhere but particularly in Melbourne. It is ridiculous how dangerous it is for conservatives in this town to speak out.

“If you don’t like what I say just prove me wrong. Don’t threaten me, don’t threaten my house, don’t threaten my family, don’t abuse me – just argue with me.

Remember a few months back when leftists were encouraging each other to “punch a Nazi?”

They weren’t kidding and the “Nazis” are anyone they don’t like.

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