Anti-Riot Police Fire Tear Gases to Disperse Anarchist Protesters in Central Jakarta

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Jakarta. The police was forced to fire tear gases to disperse a few hundreds of anarchist protesters in front of the Elections Monitoring Agency (Bawaslu) office in Central Jakarta early Wednesday morning.

Central Jakarta deputy police chief Dep. Comr. Arie Ardian has ordered the protesters to go home three times but they insisted to stay, forcing officers from anti-riot unit to fire tear gases.

The protesters fought back by throwing rocks, glass bottles as well as firecrackers.

The protesters are supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, who refused to accepts results of 2019 presidential elections announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on early Tuesday. 

KPU declared incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin as the winners of the presidential election, beating Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.

The crowd has been gathering in front of Bawaslu office since mid-day on Tuesday.

Some of them returned home around 9 p.m., but the rest who still stay started acting anarchist.

Police has said earlier that protesters will allow to convey their aspirations  in the form of rallies only until Ramadan evening prayer.

Protesters provoked security officers and some of them tried to enter Bawaslu office, but failed. Police arrested some of the protesters, but no details were provided.

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Anti-riot police had to shoot tear gases at least twice and went after the participant of the rally, as they pushed the crowd into Tanah Abang textile market direction.

“You have violated the law by fighting law enforcement officers,” Arie warned the crowd.

Residents in the surrounding area were urged to stay home. Many of them forged barricade enterences in front of their residential areas.

The efforts to disperse the protesters are still ongoing when this news is written.

Several protesters were arrested for questioning by the police, as the law enforcer is still working to find provokators.

Some prostesters ignited fire and burned several objects near Tanah Abang market. Fire fighters are still working to extinguish the fire.



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