Post-poll protests in Indonesia claim 6 lives

Post-poll protests in Indonesia claim 6 lives

Agency News

Jakarta, May 22: At least six people were killed and 200 sustained injuries in Indonesian capital during protests which erupted following the announcement of the results of the presidential election, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.

"In total, six people died and 200 sustained injuries," he said. The capital has been on edge in recent days ahead of the official announcement of the April presidential election results, which on Tuesday confirmed that incumbent President Joko Widodo won a second term, with 55.5 per cent of the vote.

His opponent and fiery ex-special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has refused to accept the results, alleging the poll was marred by widespread fraud – a claim his team is yet to produce compelling evidence to support.The protesters, mainly supporters of Subianto, took to the streets, refusing to recognise the results of the vote. They clashed with police officers who responded with tear gas.

Police on Tuesday arrested a former general for allegedly smuggling weapons to the protest, while authorities confiscated Molotov cocktails from one minibus of Prabowo supporters traveling to the capital from Java.On Wednesday morning, protestors had started to gather outside the elections supervisory agency building. UNI