Indonesian Military troops conduct a rescue simulation at the National Monument in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara Photo/Adam Waluyo)

Indonesia Tightens Security as Election Protests Loom

BY :ANTARA PHOTO

MAY 21, 2019

The National Police are working closely with the military to prevent security threats in the Indonesian capital Jakarta after last month's election results were announced early in the morning on Tuesday, ahead of the scheduled announcement on May 22. 

Police officers and soldiers have been deployed at key points in the city since Monday morning, including at the National Monument in Gambir, the General Elections Commission (KPU) offices on Jalan Imam Bonjol and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters on Jalan Thamrin, all in Central Jakarta.

Authorities say they have prepared 34,000 officers and 20,000 troops to secure the capital after the election result announcement. 

Barbed wire fences have been installed on Jalan Imam Bonjol since midnight on Tuesday. Carts selling snacks and drinks around the KPU offices were whisked away. Officers from the police's Mobile Brigade armed with long guns and sniffer dogs are keeping watch in front of the KPU.  

Authorities have also beefed up security in other cities in Java in anticipation of protests after the KPU announces its official vote tally. Vehicles passing Jalur Pantura, the highway on the north coast of the island, Semarang and Tegal in Central Java, and several cities and ports in East Java, are being randomly searched to prevent mobs from storming the Indonesian capital. 

Indonesian Police guard the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05). (Antara Photo/ Aditya Pradana Putra)
Police officers guard the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Central Jakarta on May 9. (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
Indonesian Armed Forces gather in National Monument, Central Jakarta on Monday (20/05)  Troops from various units will be deployed to a number of Jakarta
Troops gather at the National Monument in Gambir, Central Jakarta, on Monday. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
20,000 troops of the Indonesian Military will secure the capital on May 22 (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
20,000 troops will be deployed to secure the capital. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
Police escort 24 suspects of mass mobilization protest on May 22 in Gapura Surya Nusantara, Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, East Java, Monday (20/05). The police returned 24 passengers from KM Mutiara Ferindo 5 from South Kalimantan. (Antara Photo/Didik Suhartono)
Police escort a group of protesters back to their ship at Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday. 24 passengers traveling on the KM Mutiara Ferindo 5 ferry from South Kalimantan were found to be preparing to attend election protests in Java. (Antara Photo/Didik Suhartono)
The police guard at Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java on Monday (20/05). Safeguarding and inspecting the ship
Police officers at Tanjung Perak Port on Monday. (Antara Photo/Didik Suhartono)
Police raid a bus during intensive security check to prevent any threats ahead of 2019 general elections announcement in Pantura, Maribaya, Tegal Regency, Central Java, on Sunday (19/05) (Antara Photo/Oky Lukmansyah)
Police officers stop a night bus for random inspection on Jalur Pantura near Tegal, Central Java, on Sunday. (Antara Photo/Oky Lukmansyah)
Police personnel conduct identity check on bus passengers in Pantura Situbondo highway, East Java, on Saturday (18/05) Police in Situbondo increase their security to prevent mass mobization protest to Jakarta. (Antara Photo/ Seno)
Passengers on a night bus are asked to show their ID cards near Situbondo in East Java on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Seno)
Marines tactical and combat vehicles passing near the General Election Commission (KPU) headquarter in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Monday (20/05). (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
An amored fighting vehicle belonging to the Indonesian Marines drove past KPU offices in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Monday. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
Police personnels guard in front of the General Election Commission (KPU) headquarter in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Monday (20/05). Iron fence is installed along Jalan Imam Bonjol, Menteng, Central Jakarta since Tuesday night. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Barbed wire fences have been installed along Jalan Imam Bonjol since early Tuesday morning. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

 

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