Hungarian camerawoman Petra Lazlo, who works for the local TV Station N1TV, deliberately tripped a Syrian refugee who was carrying his son. The father stumbled down and his son fell on the ground as they desperately flee Hungarian police authorities near the Serbian border. In a separate footage, the same camerawoman was seen kicking a young girl running from the police.
The video with the father and son is now being shared by thousands of netizens in a cry of condemnation against Lazlo. It was first shared by another Hungarian reporter, Stephan Richter, who is believed to also be the one who captured the whole incident in video.
The footage is attracting international spotlight because it shows the heartbreaking moment a father was desperately trying to safeguard his son; but the journalist, whose intentions were not clear, intentionally toppled them down.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Lazlo is working for N1Tv, which is run by anti-immigration far-Right Jobbik party. The party was the one responsible for the decision to put up a fence in their Serbian border by Sept. 15.
However, a report from The Washington Post said that N1Tv has already issued a statement announcing Lazlo’s termination effectively. “Today, a N1TV colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roeszke reception center. The cameraman’s employment was terminated with immediate effect,” the statement from N1TV editor Szabolcs Kisber reads.
CNN reported that hundreds of refugees broke through police lines in Hungary’s Serbian border on Tuesday. The refugees were being held in a camp near the town of Roszke in Hungary. The refugees were reportedly frustrated for being held at the camp and being prevented from reaching the train station where they hoped they would be taken to Austria and finally to Germany.
Among those who broke the lines of the police were fathers and mothers carrying their children. Those who successfully escaped the authorities decided to leave some of their possessions and hike some 4 miles to the train station.
Those who were stopped by police were given food and water. Some of them told CNN that they were left with no choice but to trust the authorities.