Riots have taken place in Jakarta last night (21 May) and as of 9am this morning, The Star reported that six people have died while 200 others were injured.
The riots broke out after Indonesia’s official election results announced that Joko Widodo had won another term as president, according to Channel News Asia.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was quoted as saying,
“Six people have died so far. Two at Tarakan Hospital and then at Pelni, Budi Kemulyaan, Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSAL Mintoharjo hospitals.”
“As of 9am (10am Malaysian time), there are more than 200 people injured,” he added.
The governor had also gone to Tarakan Hospital in Central Jakarta earlier this morning to check on those who have been injured. In a public address, he said,
“Tarakan Hospital received the largest number of patients as of this morning. Around 80 injured protesters were brought in this morning. Meanwhile, around 70 injured protesters were admitted to Pelni Hospital in West Jakarta.”
To prevent more deaths and injuries, he has also urged protesters to maintain public order and safety.
“Please protest in a peaceful and orderly manner. I also urge law enforcement personnel to practice restraint to avoid any unwanted conflicts with the protesters,” he added.
As of now, 20 people who have been accused of provoking these riots have been arrested, local police said.
This is a developing story. More to come.