The Hungarian camerawoman who was fired from her job after being caught on camera kicking and tripping refugees has spoken out and apologized for her actions, but also unleashed an impassioned defense. In a letter sent to a Hungarian newspaper, Petra Laszlo said she was “sincerely sorry” for what transpired near the Serbian border. But she offered an explanation for why she tripped the refugees, and slammed those who criticized her on social media after footage of the incident went viral. “I was scared as they streamed toward me,” she wrote. “And then something snapped inside me.” Laszlo went on to explain, “I just thought they were on the attack. It’s hard to make good decisions when one is panicking.” Laszlo also took aim at her detractors, saying, “I am not a heartless, child-kicking, racist camera operator. I do not deserve the political witch hunt that has been launched against me, nor do I deserve the abusive threats that often call for my death.”
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