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May 22 riots cause fear among citizens: Survey

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, June 16, 2019   /  08:15 pm
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Police fire tear gas at protesters during a riot near the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The public has become more cautious about exercising their freedom of speech and joining organizations as a result of the postelection riots that occured from May 21 to 23 in Jakarta, the results of a recent survey suggest. The survey was conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) and included 1,078 people aged 17 and above across the country. It was carried out from May 20 to June 1 -- before and after the rally protesting the 2019 presidential election result, which resulted in violence and rioting between the evening of May 21 and the early hours of May 23. The pollster found in the survey that since the riots took place, more people believed that their democratic liberty was threatened. While the survey recorded that most people -- 51 percent -- thought that members of the public were already afraid to talk about political...