A STORE owner opened up to Tucker Carlson on Monday about why a mob of BLM protesters did not intimidate him into saying "Black Lives Matter."
Fadi Faouri justified his actions in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night.
Faouri recounted when supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement confronted him as he defended his property on Friday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
The gun-toting store owner was defending his property after a shop was firebombed in Louisville – on the third night of unrest following the grand jury decision not to charge any cops with the death of Breonna Taylor.
Carlson asked Faouri during the show: "Why wouldn't you just say what the mob wanted you to say? Why did you resist?
Faouri, the owner of VIP Smoke Shop & Gifts in Louisville, responded: "The answer to that question is because no one can force me to do something that I don’t want to do.
"It’s just for the simple fact like, I’m a free man, you know? That’s the simple answer to it."
Faouri – a Jordan native who has been living in the United States for the past 24 years – instead told the mob: "I see you as a human being."
"Nobody can intimidate me," Faouri insisted to Carlson – referring to when the protesters tried to force him say Black Lives Matter or Breonna Taylor – which he refused to do so.
He said: "I’m not, I’m not going to do it. Whether they like it or not."
Faouri also explained how he's been getting "hundreds and hundreds" of supportive phone calls and messages from across the US.
Footage of the incident shows a group of protestors gathering around Faouri and urging him to support BLM.
A young black man is seen asking “does Black Lives Matter?” to Faouri – who was originally identified by a Daily Caller reporter who posted the clip online.
A woman off-screen then shouted “does Breonna Taylor matter?” several times
Faouri replied to the woman: “Does it matter? I don’t know.”
Then other BLM supporters gathered around as Faouri told them he is just there to protect his business.
The first protester added: “We don’t want your business,” and asked him again if black lives matter.
Tensions then appeared to rise with Faouri , who said: “Nobody can intimidate me.”
Protestors then fired questions to Faouri about Taylor’s death and whether he supports their cause.
When Faouri stated that Taylor’s death isn’t his concern, a protestor shot back: “It should be your business, because all lives matter, right?”
In a second clip of the exchange a woman, who claims to be adocumentary filmmaker, tried to engage Faouri on race issues, but he again refused to become involved.
“You just said ‘All Lives Matter.’ You can say that, but it’s the color black that is the issue,” the woman said.
“You have an issue with that, I don’t have an issue,” Faouri replied. “I don’t see color.”
He added: “I don’t care, white or black bulls**t, I see you as a human being, that’s all that I care about.
“I don’t see color. I don’t believe in color.”
A short while later, a protester with a megaphone stepped into the frame and urged the protesters to move on.
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