Supporters of Prabowo Subianto protested in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office on Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Prabowo Supporters Accuse Elections Commission of Cheating

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 09, 2019

Supporters of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno protested in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, office on Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Thursday. They were calling for the agency and the General Elections Commission (KPU) to disqualify Prabowo's rival in the presidential election, incumbent president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, for alleged voter fraud.  

The protest was organized by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kivlan Zein, the former chief of staff of the Indonesian Army's Strategic Command (Kostrad) and activist Eggy Sudjana.

The demonstration caused massive traffic jam on Jalan Thamrin. Police turned on the sirens on their anti-riot trucks and ordered the protesters to leave before 4 p.m. They ignored the police's order and attempted to enter the Bawaslu building. But after 30 minutes, the protesters finally heeded the police warning and left the area.

Most of the demonstrators were older people. Before ending their protest, they sang "Syukur," a famous hymn composed by H. Mutahar, and shouted at police officers who were standing nearby, "The voice of the people is the voice of God! Don't you dare to betray us!"

The demonstrators who were supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno held a protest in front of Bawaslu office in Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The hand sign for supporters of Prabowo Subianto. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The demonstration held in front of Bawaslu office, Central Jakarta on Thursday is attended by most elderly people (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Many older people are among the demonstrators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian police personnels guard in front of Bawaslu office in Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers guard the Bawaslu office. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester shouts voice of people is voice of God as she takes part during the protest in front of Bawaslu office in Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'The voice of the people is the voice of God!" she sings. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Peoples watch the protest from pedestrian bridge in front of Bawaslu office, Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) The protest result severe congestion along Jalan M.H. Thamrin. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Office workers watch the protest from a pedestrian bridge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carry a placard reads Tritura 2019, Three Peoples Demands during the protest in front of Bawaslu, Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Tritura is an Indonesian acronym for 'Three Demands of the People.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester shows a placard reads the worst election in Indonesia history during the protest in front of Bawaslu, Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'The worst election in the history of Indonesian democracy,' the poster says. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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