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Jakarta Post

Police warn of violent groups after Jakarta riots

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  08:28 am
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Police fire tear gas to protesters during a riot in front of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta on May 22.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A major street protest is expected to hit the capital on Friday as supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are set to join him in filing a lawsuit to challenge the election result at the Constitutional Court. The rally is expected to be the peak of a string of protests and deadly riots that have gripped the city ever since the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the victory of incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. The National Police have warned that the street protests might present a major threat to the capital’s security, after discovering that some of the suspected rioters arrested over the past two days may be linked with terrorist organizations. Two among hundreds of people detained by the police for rioting since Tuesday were found to be affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group and had intended to launch a ter...