In November, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres claimed they were attacked by an “antifa mob” while they were walking in Philadelphia.
The two Marines appeared in court to testify against their alleged attackers, Thomas Massey and Tom Keegan.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, Godinez and Torres were in the city to attend an event for the Marine Corps and tried to see some of the tourist sights before they made their way to the dinner that evening.
Unfortunately for the two Marines, the “We the People” rally was also going on in town that day. The event brought together right-wing activists — which, per usual, attracted antifa counter-protesters.
According to their testimony, Massey and Keegan stopped Godinez and Torres and asked if they were “proud.”
The antifa members were referring to the far-right Proud Boys group that has frequent violent run-ins with antifa.
“I didn’t know what Proud Boys meant,” Torres stated during his testimony. He and Godinez responded that they were Marines.
Massey and Keegan allegedly took that to mean they were part of the Proud Boys and began to call the two Marines “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” The encounter quickly turned violent, and the two Marines were allegedly jumped, punched in the face, and hit with mace.
When Godinez realized they were being attacked for being mistaken for “white supremacists,” he quickly shouted, “I’m Mexican!”
Godinez said that didn’t phase the attackers, who allegedly continued to hit him while hurling racial slurs.
According to their testimony, the two Marines were swarmed by a “mob” that chanted “f**k him up” while the two were being maced and “stomped” on.
Godinez claimed that it sounded like a “soccer stadium” as the mob laughed and cheered for the attack to continue. He was taken to the hospital after the attack and claimed that he still suffers from decreased vision due to the repeated mace attacks. He also said he may require surgery.
“I could have died that day,” Godinez said.
Massey and Keegan face felony charges of aggravated assault and conspiracy, along with a handful of misdemeanor charges. Keenan also faces charges of ethnic intimidation for the slurs he’s accused of using against Godinez.
The two antifa members will face the judge again on December 27.