Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto seen during a clash with security officers on Jalan K.S. Tubun in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Election Protests Stretch to Second Day in Jakarta

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 22, 2019

Supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto were involved in more clashes with police officers on Jalan K.S. Tubun in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday as protests against President Joko Widodo's re-election stretched to a second day. 

The protesters had been gathering on an intersection near the Tanah Abang train station since 4 a.m. They carried sticks, rocks and firecrackers that they later used to attack security officers.

The police put up barricades and protected themselves with their heavy riot shields from consistent showers of rocks and firecrackers.

The protesters at one time managed to force the police to retreat in front of the Pelni Hospital.

Officers shot flares and tear gas into the crowd to stop them from attacking. In the end, the mobs walked away after negotiating with Army soldiers who were sent as back-up at around 3 p.m.

Since last night large crowds of protesters have been gathering at several points in the capital. Areas around Jalan Sabang and the famous Tanah Abang textile market were the main flashpoints of conflict.

Police are investigating a claim by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan that six people have been killed in clashes with the security forces. Hundreds more have been injured.

Police go back after throw a tear gas to the crowd during a may 22 riots in KS Tubun, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police retreat after firing tear gas into the crowd. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Crowds stand behind trash bin to take defense againts police during the riots in KS Tubun, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters use rubbish bins as a first line of defense. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters throw stones and fireworks to police officers during the riots in KS Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers are pelted with rocks and firecrackers. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A fireworks explode in front of police officers during the riots in KS Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A firecracker bounces off an officer's riot shield. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police use helicopters to defuse protesting mobs during riots in SK Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Helicopters douse the crowd with filthy water from the Ciliwung River. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters gather in front of KS Tubun street in Central Jakarta since 5 a.m on Wednesday (22/05) They burn tires and car near the area (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Large crowds of protesters on Jalan K.S. Tubun. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers shot flare gun during riots in KS Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers shot flares into the crowd. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police detained riot provocateur suspect during riot in KS Tubun steet, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A provocator among the crowd is detained by the police. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police officer use toothpaste to decrease the effect of tear gas during riots in KS Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Slip, slop, slap. Riot police smear their face with toothpaste to neutralize the effects of tear gas. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Carcasses that were burned by the mob during riots in KS Tubun, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Cars thrashed and burned by a mob near a police dormitory. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Resident in KS Tubun street are being evacuated from their home and wearing mask to avoid tear gas during riots on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Local residents put on surgical masks to protect themselves from tear gas. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Gojek helmet stranded on the street during riots in KS Tubun street, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Go-Jek helmet abandoned by its owner. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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