Protesters give roses to police officers in front of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Calm Before the Storm

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 21, 2019

Supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto rallied in front of the Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, headquarters on Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to protest the result of last month's presidential election, which saw Prabowo's rival Joko "Jokowi" Widodo winning re-election

Police officers stood guard at the Sarinah intersection since Tuesday morning. Protesters started coming to the Bawaslu office at 2 p.m., shouting that the 2019 election was the "worst election in Indonesian history." Just before dusk, they threw roses past a police barricade as a symbol of peace. 

Many of the protesters were still fasting and they took their iftar (breaking-the-fast meal) out on the streets at the Sarinah intersection and then performed tarawih (Ramadan evening prayer) together. 

Police had ordered the protesters to disperse after they finished their evening prayer, but hundreds of them stayed on after.

Police and soldiers made a barricade on Jalan Thamrin to block the mob. Just after 9 p.m. most of the protesters heeded the police warning and left the area. Those who stayed were involved in skirmishes with the security officers, and police were forced to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd. 

Protesters carry a placard reads Lawan pemilu curang (Fight the election fraud) during the rally protest in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'Fight the rigged election!' says the poster. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Old ladies shout to police officers during the protest in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) The rally is participated not only by men but also women and children (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A group of elderly protesters shout at police officers guarding the Bawaslu building. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers stand on guard in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta since Tuesday morning (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers in full riot gear stand in front of the Bawaslu building. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
May 21 Protesters demand the Indonesian government to reject the election results (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The protester demand that the government overturn the election result. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police personnel equip with anti-riot weapon ordered the protesters to leave before 9 p.m. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Flowers left by the protesters. They were given to police officers just before they took their iftar (breaking-the-fast meal) at dusk. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester gives a bucket of flower in police officer shield during the may 21 protest in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers take a break behind a pile of riot shields. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters perform tarawih prayers together during the rally in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters perform tarawih on the street. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officer is on video call with his child as the protesters break to perform tarawih prayers during the may 21 rally in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
 A police officer video calls his young son during a lull in the demonstration. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
May 21 rally protesters ignored the police
 Some of the protesters tried to enter the Bawaslu building, but were stopped by a police barricade. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters clash with police officers during May 21 rally in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters clash with police officers in front of the Bawaslu building. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga uno seen during the May 21 protest in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05)  (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Prabowo supporter makes the 'number 2' hand sign, a reference to the number assigned to the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno presidential ticket. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) stand on guard in front of Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (21/05)  Polri set Siaga 1 or the highest security alert  to securing the city ahead of the May 22 rally. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A fresh new squad of police officers were sent to the Bawaslu office early on Wednesday morning. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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