The incident occurred following violent protests in Melbourne where hundreds of Ethiopians turned out to protest against the Ethiopian government delegation, led by Mr. Abay Woldu

By Patrick Billings (Mercury) |

A man has been charged over an alleged assault on a high-level Ethiopian government delegation in Hobart (Australia).

Police allege a young man punched one of the party on the chin outside Wrest Point Casino on Friday (June 18).

The man of Ethiopian heritage was part of a political protest outside the casino where the delegation was staying.

Detective Inspector Ian Whish-Wilson said the protest related to internal Ethiopian politics.

He said the man had been charged with common assault.

Police intervened in the scuffle and escorted the delegation to Hobart Airport.

Footage has surfaced on social media showing police having to block some of the protesters from pursuing the group into the airport’s lounge.

It follows violent protests in Melbourne where hundreds of Ethiopians turned out to protest against the delegation.

The delegation included the president of Ethiopia’s Tigray district, Abay Woldu.

One of the protesters told the Mercury that he is hated by many Ethiopians who have immigrated to Australia.

Mr. Abay Woldu is chairman of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party which played a role in Ethiopia’s civil war between 1974 and 1991.

Source: Mercury
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