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Jakarta administration to cover riot victims' hospital bills: Praised by residents, criticized by netizens

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 27, 2019   /  01:29 pm
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A protester throws a stone at the police during a riot near the Elections Supervisory Agency headquarters in Jakarta on May 22. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration's plan to cover the medical costs of the victims of postelection unrest in Central Jakarta and West Jakarta has not only received warm appreciation from the public but also criticism. According to Governor Anies Baswedan, at least 737 people were injured and some were being treated in hospital. Eight people were reported dead in the incident after the outcome of last month’s election, which handed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo a second term. On Wednesday, the governor promised that the city administration would cover all healthcare costs, including for police and Indonesian Army (TNI) personnel. Prior to leaving town for Tokyo last weekend, Anies had instructed all hospitals in the city to be ready to treat victims of clashes that could take place when supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto took to the streets and ...