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Election protest turns violent one reported dead Post-election riots in Indonesia leave 6 dead, hundreds injured
Deanna Wagner | 25 May, 2019, 18:49

Supporters of the losing presidential candidate throw rocks towards police Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mr Widodo and Mr Amin won the country's top jobs with 55.5 percent of the vote against 44.5 percent for Mr Subianto and his wealthy financier partner Sandiaga Uno, the commission said Tuesday.

"I call on all parties, citizens who are protesting, the police and the military to refrain from engaging in physical violence and religious leaders and netizens from engaging in verbal provocation", he told reporters.

Multiple footage captured the protesters hurling rocks, firecrackers, and even Molotov cocktails at the police, who later responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.

The protestors gathered around the supervisory board's headquarters last night.

The former general was set to file an appeal with the Constitutional Court on Thursday, according to his spokesman Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak.

During the 2014 election, Jokowi had only garnered 6.4 million votes when he had paired up with Jusuf Kalla.

Earlier, a witness for the team and the leading opposition party refused to sign and validate the official results, announced more than a day earlier than expected, after the agency worked into the early hours of Tuesday.

The defeated candidate, former General Prabowo Subianto, who also lost to Widodo in 2014, has refused to accept the result and instead declared himself the victor.

The crowd dispersed peacefully before dusk.

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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said yesterday that six people had died and over 200 injured after clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in the capital after midnight.

The violence began on Tuesday night when six people were killed. He did not provide details on cause of death or whether the fatalities were civilians or police.

A food stall burns on the streets of Jakarta. "Remember, what happened in 1998 could happen", he said in televised remarks, referring to rioting in Jakarta two decades ago in which about 1,000 people were killed.

"We plead with the [state apparatus] not to hurt the people's hearts, especially not to hit and shoot them, " he said. "In the past week, we have arrested a number of people with weapons meant to create unrest".

Dedi Prasetyo, another spokesman for the national police, said more than 62 protesters were arrested.

"But then, around 11:00 pm, another crowd of unknown origin arrived and started to damage the security barriers [in front of the Bawaslu headquarters]", he said.

The police said numerous so-called provocateurs involved in the violence had come to Jakarta from other provinces.

Police chief Tito Karnavian showed reporters a sniper rifle with silencer and two pistols he said were seized from people days before the rioting. "So, if someone used live rounds it was not the security forces". An Australian Broadcasting Corporation news crew said it was attacked without warning by a mob.

The government on Wednesday imposed temporary restrictions on social media and instant messaging services amid fears that photos and videos from the riot could incite "emotions".