Indonesia: 257 nabbed for inciting post-election riots


Tear gas fired as Indonesia protest turns violent. Photo courtesy of Anadolu

JAKARTA, May 24 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Police arrested nearly 260 people in clashes following a mass protest in the capital Jakarta on Wednesday.

The arrests for at least 257 suspects were made around the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building, as well as Petamburan and Gambir areas.

Argo Yuwono, the spokesman for Jakarta Police, said the suspects were arrested after clashing with the police, attempting to destroy the front gate of Bawaslu building, and setting cars a fire.

The police also confiscated Molotov cocktails, arrows, sickles, firecrackers, black flags and cell phones as evidence.

Stuffed in envelopes, nearly 300,000 Indonesian Rupiah ($20.76) were also seized.

Separately, police seized 5,000,000 Rupiah ($346) for alleged operations.

“We are still looking for the ones who gave the funds,” Yuwono said.

The provocateurs, he said, instructed other people through the WhatsApp group chat to attack President Joko Widodo as he delivers a victory speech to residents of Johar Baru, in central Jakarta, Tuesday.

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