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Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots

AFP, Jakarta
Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots
Riot police fire tear gas at Indonesian protesters during a demonstration against the re-election of Indonesian president in Jakarta on Wednesday. AFP photo

Tens of thousands of Indonesian military and police were deployed on the streets of Jakarta yesterday, as a deadline approached for a presidential challenger to file an appeal over claims of widespread cheating in last month’s election. At least six people were killed—including a 17-year old high school student—after two nights of rioting in the capital as police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Joko Widodo.

The violence has been fanned by claims from Widodo’s rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, that the April 17 poll was a fraud.

Indonesia’s election commission on Tuesday confirmed Widodo had beaten Subianto, who has until Friday to challenge the results at the Constitutional Court.

The 67-year-old has appealed for calm and said he would pursue legal channels, as he did, unsuccessfully, against Widodo in the 2014 election.

Election officials and analysts discounted Subianto’s claims of rampant cheating in the world’s third-biggest democracy, after India and the United States. The government has partly blocked access to social media—including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—in a bid to clamp down on fake news and hoaxes linked to the violence.

On Wednesday evening, the area around the election supervisory agency’s office erupted in fresh skirmishes with thousands of protesters chanting and waving Indonesian flags.

Some hurled stones, fireworks and molotov cocktails at riot police who lined up behind a razor wire barricade near the election supervisory agency building, where a police post was torched.

 

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