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22 May 2019 | 05:16 AM UTC

Indonesia: At least six people killed during protests in Jakarta May 22 /update 6

Indonesia News Alert

Officials say at least six people have been killed and hundreds wounded during ongoing political protests in Jakarta as of May 22; heightened security measures in place

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Jakarta, Indonesia

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Event

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday, May 22, that at least six people have been killed and another 200 wounded as of 09:00 (local time) during ongoing political protests in the capital. Demonstrations broke out on the night of Tuesday, May 21, in multiple parts of Jakarta, including near Tanah Abang and Jalan Wahid Hasyim in the Menteng neighborhood. Gunshots and explosions were heard at the Tanah Abang Market, where demonstrators clashed with riot police. A Mobile Brigade (Brimob) dormitory on Jalan KS Tubun in Slipi, West Jakarta, was attacked on Wednesday morning and several cars were lit on fire in the area. As of 11:45, security forces have reportedly cleared the area and are asking residents to remain calm. Police officers are using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. Demonstrations will likely continue in Jakarta in the coming hours and days, along with further clashes between protesters and security forces. Associated political rallies may also take place in other cities throughout the country.

Commuter train service has been disrupted throughout Jakarta, particularly around Tanah Abang, due to the protests. Train operators have implemented modified routes to avoid the demonstrations, which will remain in effect until at least 23:00 on Wednesday. Further disruptions to public transportation services are possible if the protests continue or escalate.

Heightened security measures were implemented throughout Jakarta in the days leading up to the announcement of the election results remain in place. Around 30,000 security personnel were deployed into the city, along with armored vehicles and water cannons. A security cordon has been established around the General Election Commission (KPU) building on Jalan Imam Bonjol in the Menteng, and similar measures may be implemented around other government offices and buildings. Some schools and offices have also been closed as a precaution. Additional security measures, including road closures and telecommunication disruptions, are possible if protests escalate. Significant traffic disruptions are also expected around all demonstration sites.

Context

The KPU announced on the night of May 21 that President Widodo won the April 17 elections after securing 55.5 percent of the vote. Opposing candidate Prabowo Subianto received 44.5 percent but has alleged there was widespread voter fraud and cheating. Prabowo's campaign team has said it will contest the election results in the Constitutional Court.

Advice

Individuals in Jakarta, and Indonesia more generally, are advised to anticipate heightened security measures, protests, and transportation and telecommunication disruptions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, avoid all public demonstrations, and refrain from discussing politics in public or on social media.

 

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