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Jakarta Post

Many lose livelihoods, public facilities damaged after riots

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 25 2019   /  01:06 am

Jakarta has always been a magnet for people to come and try their luck in the capital.However, two days of postelection riots in Jakarta was a sad turn of events for many, not only because eight lives were claimed and at least 700 others were injured but also because it took a toll on the livelihoods of small-time vendors.Most of them operated on Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim, which intersects with Jl. Agus Salim in the popular Sabang culinary center.Among them was Usma, 64, whose kiosk on Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim in Central Jakarta was broken into and items he sold such as cigarettes and beverages were stolen by rioters.“I lost around Rp 20 million [US$1,382]. They took the cigarettes and drinks that I sold. Only two packets of cigarettes remain,” Usma said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.He said the looting happened on Wednesday close to midnight, when unrest escalated after demonstrators a...