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Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots

Jakarta riot Police detain at least 20 Post-election riots in Indonesia leave 6 dead, hundreds injured
Steven Clarke | 23 May, 2019, 15:40

Police chief Tito Karnavian, showing reporters a sniper rifle with silencer and two revolvers that were seized from people arrested days before the rioting broke out, said: "There is an effort to provoke, to create martyrs, blame the authorities and invoke public anger".

Protesters gathered outside the election supervisory agency in central Jakarta.

Indonesian protesters clash with the police during a protest outside of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) building in Jakarta.

Jakarta's governor Anies Baswedan said about 200 people had been injured.

The election supervisory agency earlier this week rejected Subianto's complaint about the election's integrity after the only evidence of fraud provided by his team was links to online articles.

Some arriving carried wooden poles and some had smeared toothpaste around their eyes, a practice commonly carried out to eliminate the effects of tear gas.

Independent observers have said the poll was free and fair. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon.

Flanked by the head of the military and other top leaders, Widodo said, "I will work together with anyone to advance this country, but I will not tolerate anyone who disrupts the security, democratic processes and unity of our beloved nation".

Authorities blamed the violence on paid "provocateurs", citing money-filled envelopes they said were found on some of the 257 demonstrators arrested.

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"They meant to carry out jihad during May 21 and 22 protests", national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal, said of the two, adding they belonged to a group called Garis, which had pledged support for ISIS.

"The incident that happened this morning is not spontaneous, it was by design", he told reporters in Jakarta.

"Please protest in a peaceful and orderly manner".

Authorities say 40,000 police and soldiers have been put on duty across Jakarta to maintain security this week.

Indonesian anti-riot police take their position to disperse the mob during an overnight-violent demonstration near by the Elections Oversight Body in Jakarta, May 22, 2019.

The KPU on Tuesday confirmed unofficial counts by private pollsters that gave Widodo a 55.5% share of votes against 44.5% for Prabowo. It has said it will file a challenge to the Constitutional Court on Thursday. Subianto has said he would challenge the results in court - as he did, unsuccessfully, against Widodo in 2014 - but also warned his claims of widespread cheating could spark street protests. However, Islamist supporters of Prabowo could cause considerable disruption.

Of the six reported fatalities, a 30-year-old man was killed due to a blunt force trauma, said Dr. Sumariyono at the Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in Jakarta.

Police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo added security forces had not been armed with live ammunition, possibly suggesting officers were not responsible for those deaths.

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