Mobs set fire to vehicles in Jakarta after supporters of Prabowo Subianto, who lost the vote, took to the streets
Kate Lamb in Jakarta and agencies
Wed 22 May 2019
Six people are dead and more than 200 are injured, according to Jakarta’s governor, after mobs clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital following the release of official election results.
National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said protests by supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate turned violent late on Tuesday and continued through the night. Police said they had arrested 20 “provocateurs”.
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said six people had died and 200 were injured in the violence. He said hospitals were conducting post-mortems to determine the cause of the deaths. Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian also confirmed the deaths.
The police chief said he had received confirmation of the fatalities from several hospitals in Jakarta. Authorities are still investigating the cause of death and are not willing to rule out the involvement of ‘third party provocateurs’, he added.
Meanwhile Indonesia’s security minister Wiranto has said authorities will restrict access to social media in certain areas to prevent the spread of fake news.
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