Indonesia: 6 killed, 200 wounded following election results

Amman, Six people have been killed and 200 others were wounded in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, after riots took place Wednesday following the announcement of official election results.

A police spokesman said at least 20 people accused of provoking riots have been arrested following official results showing President Joko Widodo had been re-elected.

Television footage showed smoke billowing from behind dozens of protesters who were dancing in the street in the Tanah Abang district of central Jakarta. “Around 11pm, there was a sudden crowd build-up – we do not know where they came from; they were provocative and violent,” said Muhammad Iqbal, spokesman for Indonesian police.

“They damaged security barriers and provoked officers. As per our standard operating procedure, officials pushed them back. The protesters were not cooperative and brutally attacked officers with rocks, molotov cocktails and firecrackers.”

The General Election Commission (KPU) on Tuesday confirmed unofficial counts by private pollsters in the Apr 17 election, which gave Widodo a 55.5 per cent share of votes against 44.5 per cent for his opponent, former general Prabowo Subianto.

Source: Jordan News Agency