(NEWSER) – Despite the general opinion after a video surfaced of her kicking Syrian migrants, Hungarian Petra Laszlo says she is "not a heartless, child-kicking, racist camera-person."

Rather, "something snapped in my head" when hundreds of migrants broke through a police barricade not far from the Serbian border in Roszke, Hungary, and "one of them ran into me," Laszlo writes in a letter, per AFP and New York Times. "As I had my camera in my hand I couldn't see who was coming at me, my only thought was that I was going to be attacked, and that I had to defend myself."

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