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Jakarta Post

Concede defeat for peace

  • Mujiburrahman and Musa Maliki


Darwin, Australia   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  12:46 pm
Concede defeat for peace Guns and roses: A resident gives a flower to a police officer securing a protest at Sarinah shopping area in Jakarta on Thursday. The area has been the venue of people staging a rally in the wake of the General Elections Commission’s announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

While most early-warning research in Indonesia has been focused on natural disasters such as tsunamis and volcano eruptions, there has been little discussion of human-made hazards such as terrorism, riots and civil unrest. At the regional level, ASEAN has set up an intelligence information-sharing mechanism called Our Eyes Intelligence Initiative, which serves as an early-warning system to detect terrorist attacks. At the national level, the Indonesian police have also established a system to preempt terrorist attacks, including a plot to bomb the General Elections Commission (KPU) office when it announced the election result, originally slated for May 22. The police arrested dozens of terrorist suspects in a series of operations in a number of cities, while deploying troop reinforcements to Jakarta to anticipate mass rallies in protest at the election result. Clashes between...

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