JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country’s capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month’s presidential election.
The clashes began Tuesday night when supporters of former Gen. Prabowo Subianto tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency and have continued unabated since then. More than two dozen vehicles were burned as rioters took over neighborhoods in central Jakarta, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who responded with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets.
VIDEO: 🇮🇩 Indonesia’s capital Jakarta erupted in violence overnight as police in riot gear and protesters opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election faced off. pic.twitter.com/IS7Zmn8dVO
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 22, 2019