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Police name 13 suspects in Penjaringan riot

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 6, 2016   /  02:50 pm
Police name 13 suspects in Penjaringan riot A group of unidentified protesters, mostly teenagers, use bamboo sticks and stones in a clash with police officers in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, in an apparent spillover from a large-scale rally in Central Jakarta, on Friday evening. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

Police have named 13 suspects for their alleged involvement in a riot in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on Friday evening.

“Twelve people were initially declared suspects and then we named another one after further investigation,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono in a statement on Sunday, as reported by kompas.com.

Several minimarkets were looted and damaged in the riot. People also pelted stones at police officers.

(Read also: Looting causes massive losses in Penjaringan )

Besides naming 13 suspects, Awi said police had also listed 16 names on a wanted list for their alleged involvement in the riot.  The riot occurred after thousands of people staged a demonstration on Friday in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta, demanding the government prosecute Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy.

Ahok, a Christian of Chinese descent, has apologized for statements deemed to have insulted the Quran. The rally ended in violence, with two police cars set on fire.

Without naming any names, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has accused political actors for masterminding the rally that ended in chaos. (jun)

 

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