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Hungarian Camerawoman Charged With ‘Breach of Peace’ for Kicking Migrants

-—AFP/Getty Images This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she run with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary.

Petra Laszlo sparked outrage worldwide after her actions were caught on video

Hungarian camerawoman Petra Laszlo has been charged with a “breach of peace” for kicking and attempting to trip migrants on the Serbian border last year.

The incident was captured on video at the time and the footage quickly went viral. Viewers were particularly disturbed by an incident in which Laszlo attempted to trip a Syrian refugee, Osama Abdul Mohsen, while he carried his young child.

Under Hungarian law, a breach of peace is “antisocial, violent behavior capable of inciting indignation or alarm,” the New York Times reports. Laszlo was not found to have been motivated by racial hatred or bias, and she has subsequently apologized for her behavior, though she has suggested that she has been used as a scapegoat. A court date has not yet been set for her case.


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