Six dead, 200 injured in Jakarta riot: Governor Anies

thejakartapost.com Dipublikasikan 03.26, 22/05/2019 • The Jakarta Post
Military personnel prepare to safeguard a shopping center in West Jakarta on Thursday amid heightened security in the capital after the General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of last month’s presidential election. Thousands of supporters of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno held a rally in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency’s (Bawaslu) headquarters on Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, calling for the disqualification of Jokowi from the election because of allegations of electoral fraud.
Military personnel prepare to safeguard a shopping center in West Jakarta on Thursday amid heightened security in the capital after the General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of last month’s presidential election. Thousands of supporters of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno held a rally in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency’s (Bawaslu) headquarters on Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, calling for the disqualification of Jokowi from the election because of allegations of electoral fraud.

As riots escalated in the capital on Wednesday morning, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that six people had died as of 9 a.m.

“Six people have died so far. Two at Tarakan Hospital and then at Pelni, Budi Kemulyaan, Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSAL Mintoharjo hospitals,” he said.

“In total, six people had died and 200 sustained injuries as of 9 a.m.,” he added.

In a public address, Anies said he had gone to Tarakan Hospital in Central Jakarta earlier in the morning to check on the injured protesters.

“Tarakan Hospital received the largest number of patients as of this morning. Around 80 injured protesters were brought in this morning. Meanwhile, around 70 injured protesters were admitted to Pelni Hospital in West Jakarta,” he said.

Anies called on the protesters to maintain public order and safety to prevent more deaths and injuries.

“Please protest in a peaceful and orderly manner. I also urge law enforcement personnel to practice restraint to avoid any unwanted conflicts with the protesters,” he said. (rfa)

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