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Jakarta on alert as protests after electoral loss become violent | news



The Indonesian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators in central Jakarta after supporters of the lost presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto began setting fire to buildings and vehicles and throwing stones and burning objects at police officers.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo has protested the final results of last month's presidential elections, which showed that Prabowo lost to incumbent President Joko Widodo, went bust late on Tuesday and continued into the wee hours of Wednesday.

Police investigate reports that at least one person was present In the riots died, but Dedi has denied the use of live rounds.

"We are still investigating, but I have to reiterate that policemen were not equipped with live bullets," he said to reporters, according to AFP.

Local media reported Wednesday that six people were killed, citing Jakarta's Governor Anies Baswedan, who visited the city hospitals in the morning. He said 200 people were injured. The governor's office did not answer calls to receive comments from Al Jazeera. Still the police spokesman.

Earlier, he said that scores of people had been arrested.

KompasTV, an Indonesian news channel, showed demonstrators stoned against hundreds of riot police in a neighborhood in the center of The Capital.

Prabowo, a retired general accused of human rights violations, claimed widespread fraud in the April 1

7 elections but failed to provide credible evidence to substantiate his allegations.

The legal head of his campaign team said on Tuesday that Prabowo would submit a formal contestation of the result to the Constitutional Court.

  Clash of police with protesters in Jakarta, Indonesia

Clash of protesters with police in Jakarta, [Antara Foto/Sigid Kurniawan via Reuters]

Increasing tension

Several thousand people walked on Tuesday around the office of the Electoral Commission around the street after the agency had confirmed that Widodo had won a second term as President with 55.5 percent of the vote, compared to 44.5 percent for Prabowo.

These protests ended peacefully, but the situation became ugly when some protesters refused to leave the area.

Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said the police reacted as protesters threw stones, Molotov cocktails and burning objects. In the past, some people had set fire to market stalls.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reported from Jakarta that the clashes lasted several hours, but the streets of the capital were mostly quiet on Wednesday morning.

Protesters were expected to return in the afternoon.

Prabowo has time until Friday to appeal to the Constitutional Court. It then has 14 days until all the evidence is there to make a decision.

"It is worth noting that international observers have said the elections have been largely free and fair, although Prabowo claims widespread fraud," said Looi. 19659006] "Some analysts even said that Widodo won by a difference of 11 percentage points – equivalent to about 17 million votes – which undermines Prabowo and the opposition's argument that the election had been rigged." Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…95&Itemid=55 In the entire capital, protests were used after the official election results were published. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…80&Itemid=58 […].

Tensions have also increased since the police said last week they have arrested dozens of suspects associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Iraq Levante ( ISIL or ISIS) who planned had to cause chaos by bombing demonstrations after the elections.

Additional coverage by Kate Walton and Febreau Firdau s in Jakarta

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies


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