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Jakarta Post

Violence spills over into North Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 4, 2016   /  11:14 pm
Violence spills over into North Jakarta Hundreds of protesters insist on staying put on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, on Friday evening despite police trying to disperse them. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Local media have reported that violence involving unidentified groups of protesters broke out in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, in an apparent spillover from the clash between protesters and police in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Friday evening.

MetroTV reported that hundreds of people vandalized a minimart and motorcycles in the area next to the residence of embattled Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama at around 6 p.m.

Online news portal reported that the mob attempted to breach a barricade erected by security forces safeguarding Ahok's housing complex.  Fighting broke out between the mob and the security personnel consisting of police and soldiers with the mob pelting the security forces with stones.

The security forces managed to disperse the mob by firing tear gas and they had brought the situation under control by 10 p.m.. (dmr)

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