#BLM protesters approach small business owner Fadi Faouri and demand he say “Black Lives Matter” he refused. A building that Faouri was leasing was firebombed last night in #Louisville pic.twitter.com/mhC5sVo8lF
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) September 26, 2020
“Stuff is being damaged on a nightly basis, people are shooting at each other every night,” said [Louisville store owners Fadi] Faouri, who’s had the shop for eight years. “Every night we have a new store that got looted. They break in, they take whatever and go. They walk away.”
Business is so bad right now because of the protests, Faouri planned to move his shop a few blocks away starting Monday.
The new location was torched Thursday night.
“I was basically finishing the paint and all kinds of stuff and it got burned to the ground,” he said, adding business owners in Louisville can’t get insurance right now, so he’s stuck footing the bills for repairing the store.
After state Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday the officers involved in the raid on Taylor’s apartment were not indicted by a grand jury, the crowds marching past his store grew bigger and even more destructive.
So on Friday night, Faouri took his gun and leaned against the window of the VIP Smoke Shop as the protesters marched by, as he did dozens of times the past few months. “Whenever there is a lot of movement outside, I stand outside,” he said.
– Eileen A.J. Connelly in Louisville store owner in viral video: ‘I refuse to be a victim’