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Jakarta Post

Who was behind Jakarta riots?

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 29, 2019   /  09:19 am
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Police fired tear gas at protesters during a riot near the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 22, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The riots that gripped parts of Central and West Jakarta from late May 21 to the early hours of May 23 have left behind many questions, including who masterminded the apparently “pre-planned” violence that resulted in at least eight deaths and hundreds of injuries. The police said that initially peaceful protests by supporters of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto following the announcement of the official election results by the General Elections Commission (KPU) had been “infiltrated” by those who had more nefarious motives. Who exactly was behind the riots and what was their goal?  ‘People power’ rally plans The idea of staging a rally to protest the presidential election results had been mooted since before election day. In early April, National Mandate Party (PAN) patron and Prabowo campaign advisor Amien Rais said he wou...