As hundreds of refugees fled from a holding camp at Hungary’s border with Serbia and marched down the country road chanting “Germany! Germany!” on Tuesday, a Hungarian camerawoman decided to get involved and slow down some of the fleeing refugees in one of the most appalling ways ever.
The woman, identified as Petra Laszlo, was filming Hungarian police chasing down refugees when she stepped forward and purposefully tripped a father who was cradling his infant child. Thankfully, a German correspondent captured the awful scene and soon published it on Twitter.
However, as it turns out, the man with the child wasn’t the only refugee Laszlo had tripped.
Another video soon emerged on social media, showing the camerawoman kicking two more refugees – including a little girl – as they tried to escape the Hungarian police.
The clips soon went viral on social media, sparking an outrage in Hungary and all around the world. Opposition parties even spoke of launching charges against Laszlo for “violence against a member of the community.”
Szabolcs Panyi, an editor at Index.hu, tweeted Thursday that Laszlo had been charged with "truculency" but could face more serious charges.
Just in: camerawoman #PetraLaszlo charged with truculency, but could be charged with more serious crimes as well, prosecutor's office says.— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) September 10, 2015
Laszlo's employer, Hungarian broadcaster N1TV, promptly fired her.
“The camerawoman’s employment has today been terminated with immediate effect, the case is now closed for us,” the channel’s editor-in-chief Szabolcs Kisberk said in a statement posted on the station’s website.
Hungary currently faces an influx of refugees and migrants who are making their way into Europe. However, the country’s handling of the migrant crisis is a prime example of the how inadequately the rest of the world is dealing with this immense human rights problem.