At least six people were killed and about 200 injured in clashes for the re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo with police in Jakarta between Tuesday and Wednesday, reported the governor of the province of the same name, Anies Baswedan.
Baswedan gave these casualty figures in statements to local media after visiting the Tarakan hospital in the center of the Indonesian capital, while police indicated that at least 60 people have been arrested.
The losing presidential candidate, former General Prabowo Subianto, accused Widodo of electoral fraud in the April 17 elections and announced that he will challenge the result before the Constitutional Court, while his supporters have demonstrated in the streets since yesterday.
The incidents began last night at the peaceful end of a protest by Prabowo supporters, led by Islamist groups, who gathered in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Supervision Agency in the capital and the electoral commission. Several thousand people were still throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police this morning, who responded by firing rubber balls and tear gas. The situation calmed down with the arrival of a contingent of soldiers who stood between the police and the protesters.
The Jakarta Police spokesman, Prabowo Argo Yuwono, told Efe that they have secured the areas where the riots are taking place, in central Jakarta, and avoided giving information on deaths and injuries.
Some 32,000 agents protect the headquarters of the two institutions with barbed wire and riot control vehicles , waiting for new protests throughout the day in the capital of the country, with a Muslim majority.
The riots occurred after the Election Commission (KPU) confirmed Widodo's victory in the April 17 elections, with 55.5 percent of the vote, compared to 44.5 percent for Prabowo, who refused to sign. the act of the electoral results.
The Electoral Supervision Agency ruled out on Monday that there were administrative irregularities during the electoral process that constitute systematic, structural or massive fraud.
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