Protesters Clash With Indonesian Police After Election Result


Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential competitor conflicted with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday after the release of official results.

The circumstance turned fierce late Tuesday when protesters attempted to constrain their way into the offices of the election supervisory agency and clashes through the night, National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said. More than 20 suspected provocateurs were arrested, he said.

Indonesia’s Election Commission on Tuesday said President Joko Widodo had won a second term with 55.5% of the vote in the April 17 decision.

Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto has as refused to accept the results and  declared himself the winner.

His campaign plans to challenge the election in the Constitutional Court. They assert enormous misrepresentation however have given no trustworthy proof.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said police utilized nerve gas and water gun against protesters who threw rocks, molotov cocktails and burning projectiles.

The  government had deployed some 50,000 police and soldiers in Jakarta in anticipation of protests, said Yuwono.

Numerous occupants have left the city and parts of the downtown are shut to traffic with the race supervisory organization and race commission blockaded with razor wire.


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