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Jakarta Post

State officials targeted in riots

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 28, 2019   /  08:29 am
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Protestors throw rocks at riot police in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on May 22. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The National Police have revealed another group they claim attempted to disrupt the capital’s security during the riots that followed postelection protests against the victory of incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last week.  The protests, originally driven by supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, descended into deadly riots as more violent groups became involved, leaving at least eight people dead and hundreds injured, including journalists and humanitarian workers.  In their latest release on Monday, the police named six people suspects for alleged illegal arms possession relating to a murder plot against four state officials and the head of a polling agency during the riots that occurred on May 21 to 23 in several locations in Central and West Jakarta.   
Five men and one woman were arrested at different ...