Six killed as Indonesia protests turn deadly

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Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin was re-elected, according to preliminary results announced Tuesday by the General Election Commission (KPU). "Their aim was definitely to disrupt the situation (around the election protests)", he said. Some of those arriving were carrying wooden sticks and had put toothpaste around their eyes to try counteract tear gas, Reuters explained.

Since 23:00 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), Monday, May 21, 2019, the mob who had clashed with the police while demonstrating in front of the Bawaslu office, Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, retreated to Jalan Wahid Hasyim.

Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said that security forces on the ground, including military personnel, were not armed with live bullets. "The police should not use weapons and should not arrest the protesters".

Earlier, some protesters had set market stalls on fire, according to an AFP reporter on the scene, and a number of cars were set alight. Officers found an ambulance filled with stones, and some of more than 250 people arrested had envelopes containing 250,000-500,000 rupiah ($17-$34), said Jakarta police chief Argo Yuwono.

Widodo warned of tough action against those instigating riots.

Speaking to Indonesian media this week, presidential chief of staff Moeldoko said General Soenarko was now being "processed".

The worst rioting occurred outside the headquarters of Indonesia's elite Brimob police unit in Tanah Abang, just west of Jakarta's central business district. Many office buildings, businesses and embassies in downtown Jakarta were closed, as were train stations in the area.

Six people died and hundreds were injured during confrontations between police and supporters of Prabowo Subianto, a retired general and son-in-law to the country's former dictator.

"I urge all sides, the people who are expressing their aspirations, the police, the military and all sides to refrain from physical abuse", he told a briefing.

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Iqba said that the riot was "by design" as they had taken packets of money off those who were arrested.

The election commission had been due to give the divisive poll's final tally on Wednesday, but results were announced early Tuesday instead.

Once the election commission finalizes the results Wednesday, Prabowo's camp has three days to file the lawsuit contesting the outcome.

Subianto unsuccessfully challenged the 2014 election which he also lost to Widodo.

"I'm calling on all parties to have a big heart and be a good sport", he said.

Islamist groups, many of which support Prabowo, have in the past been able to mobilise mass support. He then called for supports to continue with protests that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

"To avoid provocations, the spread of fake news through the community, we will limit access to certain features on social media", said Wiranto, who goes by one name.

Of the six reported fatalities, a 30-year-old man was killed due to a blunt force trauma, said Dr. Sumariyono at the Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in Jakarta.

Indonesian police confirmed the death toll based on reports from hospitals.

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