A black man has been filmed ordering white BLM protesters to stop blocking a highway in Austin so he can get to work and provide for his children.
The footage, captured around 11.30 on Saturday night, shows the man stepping out of his vehicle on the I-35 and confronting the activists who are refusing to let traffic pass.
‘I gotta go to work, I’m black! I’ve gotta go to work!’ the unidentified man yells at the group as he waves his hand in the air.
‘I’ve got bills! I’ve got kids! Get the f**k out of my way!’ he continues shouting before he makes his way back to his pick-up truck.
His words clearly had affect on the group, who are then seen meekly stepping to the sides of the road in order to let his car through.
The video quickly went viral on Twitter after it was shared by reporter Savanah Hernandez, with several remarking on the ‘irony’ of the situation.
‘A father, whose kid’s lives matter enough to him to confront the crowd on the way to his job to put food on the table. Respect!’ one wrote.
A black man has been filmed ordering white BLM protesters to stop blocking a highway in Austin so he can get to work and provide for his children
His words clearly had affect on the group, who were seen meekly stepping to the sides of the road in order to let his car through
The incident came on the tail end of a tense night in Austin, where heavily armed rival groups faced off against one another a week on from the shooting death of BLM supporter Garrett Foster.
Early in the evening, a group of gun-toting men were seen protecting left-wing demonstrators at a makeshift memorial set up for Garrett Foster
Across the street, camouflage clad members of the far-right paramilitary group Three Percenters stood watching on, brandishing semiautomatic weapons in an intimidating manner.
Members of another far-right group – the Boogaloo Boys – were also spotted cutting an imposing figure at the memorial.
Tensions were already high as the memorial had been destroyed earlier in the week by a right-wing activist who claimed Foster was ‘terrorist’ because he supported BLM, and was therefore ‘rightfully and legally euthanized’.
Shocking video shared to social media showed dozens of armed people walking around the streets of Austin before sundown.
Heavily armed rival groups faced off against each other in Austin on Saturday night – one week on from the shooting death of BLM supporter Garrett Foster. Members of the far-right Boogaloo Boys were seen creating an intimidating presence at his memorial on Saturday evening
Armed men in camoflauge – reported to be members of the Boogaloo Boys – stood around Foster’s memorial site
On Saturday evening, a group of gun-toting men said they were seen ready to march with and protect BLM protests
The Austin Police Department feared tensions would explode by nightfall, and bolstered their forces accordingly.
The Department released a statement saying they called in extra cops and state troopers to help protect both people and property.
‘We are bringing in the necessary staff, and have partnered with other local law enforcement agencies as we have done throughout the past few months, to allow for those peacefully and lawfully practicing their first amendment rights while also working to prevent any violence or destruction of property,’ a statement from the Department read.
Meanwhile, police also issued a warning to locals living in the downtown area to be ‘on guard’ amid rumors activists could break into high-rise residential buildings and stage rallies from rooftops.
There were reports on social media that some protesters may attempt to reach the roofs of buildings to protect BLM supporters by acting as ‘snipers’.
There were also whispers that activist planned to take over the Austin Police Department and create an autonomous zone.
An armed activist who turned out to support BLM protesters is seen in the city just before sundown
Video showing heavily armed protesters from both left and right-wing groups began circulating on social media on Saturday evening. Austin Police are on high alert
Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster (left) was shot dead last Saturday night as he marched through the city. His wheelchair-bound fiancee Whitney Mitchell (right) was with him at the time
Those paying tribute to Foster linked up with a separate rally to ‘amplify Black Austin voices and demand defunding of the Austin Police Department’ which moved through the city.
Video shared to Twitter by Nate Kidwell, officers on horseback and bicycles were seen controlling crowds shortly before sundown as they moved down the street.
Some protesters started to clash with cops, spooking the horses and causing a commotion.
‘F**k you!’ several activists were seen yelling at the officers, as those on bikes rode in quickly to assist.
Two police helicopters were reported to be circling over the city at 8pm.
While there was no reports of violence early in the evening, cops and protesters did clash at Foster’s memorial site. In a Twitter video, one activist was heard yelling in a megaphone that cops were ‘f**king pigs’, as some agitators became involved in a scuffle with officers.
After sundown, a wall of police officers with shields were seen forming a protective barrier in the city’s downtown.
One journalist shared this snap showing a wall of police officers with shields formed a protective barrier in the city’s downtown
Austin is on high-alert following the shocking slaying of Foster at the BLM march last Saturday night.
Army Sergeant Daniel Perry, 33, opened fire on Foster after driving into a crowd of demonstrators.
Perry claims he came across the protest by accident while working as a ride share driver, and that he only opened fire in ‘self defense’ after Foster allegedly waved his AK-47 at him.
A memorial was quickly established in the city complete with flowers, candles and tributes. However, the memorial was damaged by a right-wing activist who claimed Foster was a ‘terrorist’ who was ‘rightfully and legally euthanized’.
The vandalism has further fueled tensions in the city.
The Austin Police Department released saying they have called in extra cops to help protect both people and property should things go awry. Officers on horseback were seen patrolling crowds before sundown on Saturday
WHAT HAPPENED TO BLM SUPPORTER GARRETT FOSTER?
On Saturday night, July 25, Sergeant Daniel Perry allegedly drove into a crowd of 100 Black Lives Matter protesters marching through the city.
Perry claims he came across the protest by accident while working as a ride share driver, and suddenly felt threatened amid the large crowd.
Garrett Foster – who was marching with his disabled fiancée Whitney Mitchell – was armed with an AK-47.
According to Perry, Foster began waving the weapon in his direction, causing him to pull out his own gun and shoot Foster in self-defense.
Foster, 28, a former US Air Force mechanic, was shot three times and later died in his hospital from injuries.
Shelia Foster, Garrett’s mother, said her son had previously served in the military and described him as a man committed to social justice, who had peacefully protested almost every night for the past 50 days with Mitchell
Foster’s fiancée Whitney Mitchell is seen center during a memorial march for her late partner, one day after he was shot and killed