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Jakarta Post

Protesters gathering outside Constitutional Court in defiance of police ban, Prabowo appeal

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 14, 2019   /  02:28 pm
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Protesters claiming to be University of Indonesia alumni gather to protest near the Constitutional Court building in Central Jakarta. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Hundreds of people gathered at the National Monument (Monas) Square on Friday morning in defiance of a specific police ban of any demonstration outside or near the Constitutional Court, which has begun hearings into a dispute over the April 17 presidential election. One estimate put the crowd size at 2,000. They are reportedly members of various groups, including university students. None of them declined to be identified with Prabowo Subianto, the lone challenger in the presidential race who had filed a petition with the court to challenge the official results that gave incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo an 11 percent victory. Prabowo, who rejected the results as announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU), had appealed to his supporters not to turn up at the Constitutional Court. He had also pledged to abide by the court’s ruling. Claiming that ...