At least six dead and 200 wounded in election riots: Governor Anies

Indonesian police officers shoot tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration outside the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. – Heavily armed Indonesian troops were on high alert amid fears of civil unrest in the capital Jakarta, as the surprise early announcement of official election results handed Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)
Indonesian police officers shoot tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration outside the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. – Heavily armed Indonesian troops were on high alert amid fears of civil unrest in the capital Jakarta, as the surprise early announcement of official election results handed Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan this morning announced the official death toll from the ongoing election riots in the capital, which began yesterday evening and has carried over into this morning.

“As of 9am, six people have died and at least 200 people were wounded,” Anies told reporters this morning, as quoted by Detik

The governor has made visits to the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office in Menteng, Central Jakarta, where a mass protest is expected to take place today, as well as Tarakan General Hospital in Central Jakarta, where many of the victims from last night are being treated.

The head of the Jakarta Health Agency, Widyastuti, said the six deceased victims underwent medical treatment at Tarakan General, Pelni Hospital, Budi Kemuliaan Hospital, Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), and Dr. Mintohardjo Naval Hospital.

The identities of the six victims are not yet known. Earlier today, one victim was confirmed to have been killed during the rioting in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta after he was shot in the chest.

For updates on today’s unrest in Jakarta and which areas you should avoid, follow our live-tweet here.

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