Watch: Chaos in Jakarta after protesters riot in front of election agency, at least one dead

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)

Update: 10:30 am Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has confirmed that at least 6 people were killed in last nights riots and around 200 were injured

A protest to challenge the presidential election results in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta turned into a riot nearing midnight on Tuesday as dozens tried to break into the building.

Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in downtown Jakarta early Wednesday after a rally opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election, an AFP reporter said.

The country’s election commission on Tuesday released official results that confirmed Widodo, 57, had beaten retired military general Prabowo Subianto for the presidency in a poll held on April 17.

Subianto has said he would challenge the results in court and warned that his claims of widespread cheating could spark street protests.

Several thousand people rallied in support of Subianto near the election supervisory agency office in the heart of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.

The protest ended peacefully, but police in riot gear later fired tear gas at some demonstrators who refused to leave the area and hurled fireworks and other objects at police.

Earlier, some protesters had set market stalls on fire. Later, one police dormitory was set on fire and eleven cars were burned.

A hospital confirmed one death, a 30-year-old resident of Depok City, who was shot in the chest. Police claim they did not use live ammunition.

A former special forces commander was arrested yesterday for gun smuggling. Police warned that he planned to use the weapons during the protests to create chaos and confusion between the police and protesters.

More than 30,000 troops were deployed across the capital in anticipation of protests after the official election results were published.

Tensions have also spiked since police said last week that they had arrested dozens of Islamic State-linked terror suspects who had planned to cause chaos by bombing post-election protests.

Last month, a record 245,000 candidates ran for public office in Indonesia’s elections, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions — the first time all were held on the same day.

-Additional reporting by Coconuts Jakarta


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