A city cleaner sweeps the pavement in front of the Bawaslu headquarters. (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)

Calm Returns to the Capital


MAY 23, 2019

Central Jakarta was eerily quiet on Thursday after two days of rioting that brought the city center to a stand still.

Police officers patroled the area in the morning while Jakarta's distinctive orange-clad city cleaners — known as the "Orange Troops" — swept remains of firecrackers and molotov cocktails off the streets in front of the Sarinah mall.

The stretch of Jalan Thamrin in front of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office was still closed to the public.

Jalan Sabang and roads to Tanah Abang — the main flashpoint of rioting on Tuesday night — were reopened.

Kiosks in the Tanah Abang textile market and Jati Baru rolled open their doors.

Services on the Transjakarta bus line were resumed, transporting office workers to the Sudirman and Thamrin area.

Mobile Brigade Corps stand on guard near burned police station in Jalan M.H Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Thursday (23/05) (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)
View from inside a police shelter at the Sarinah intersection that was burnt by protesters on Wednesday night. It is the same police shelter that was bombed in the 2016 Sarinah terrorist attack. (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)
Jakarta's 'Orange Troops' clean remains of firecrackers and molotov cocktails in front of the Bawaslu. (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)
People walks in post riot location in Tanah Abang area on Central Jakarta on Thursday (23/05) The old traditional market has temporarily closed following riots that broke on Wednesday morning (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
Remains of a barricade near the Tanah Abang market. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
Officers carried out activities at the post riots site on Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, Thursday (05/23/2019). (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Barbed wire fence in front of the Bawaslu. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
A resident applied toothpaste to other residents affected by the remaining tear gas residue on Jalan Kemanggisan Raya, Slipi, West Jakarta on Thursday (23/05)( Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
A Go-Jek driver applies toothpaste to a pillion's face to counter the effect of tear gas, which could still be felt a day after the riots. (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
The situation in front of Sarinah mall after the riots in Central Jakarta, on Thursday (05/23/2019) (Antara Photo / Yulius Satria Wijaya)
The mangled sign of the iconic Sarinah mall across the road from the Bawaslu. (Antara Photo/Yulius Satria Wijaya)
Jakartans waiting for a bus in Transjakarta bus station in Harmoni, Central Jakarta on Thursday (23/05) (Antara Photo/Fanny Octavianus)
A Transjakarta bus station in Harmoni. (Antara Photo/Fanny Octavianus)
Tanah Abang Market is opened soon after situation in Jakarta remains condusive on Thursday (23/05) (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)
Early bird shoppers at the Tanah Abang textile market. (Antara Photo/Aprilio Akbar)