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The capital of Indonesia survived the second night of riots

01.06.2019 Anton Chekhov

A new wave of clashes between police and opposition supporters took place last night in some parts of the capital of Indonesia. As reported on Thursday by the news portal Detik, the most serious unrest was recorded in the center, near the Office of Election Monitoring.

According to eyewitnesses, protesters threw police cordons with stones and incendiary bottles. As a result, a fire occurred on the second floor of the department building, which was quickly eliminated. “The interior was insignificantly damaged, no documents stored there were injured,” a spokesperson for the Office, Rakhmat Bagzha, told the publication.

The police officers used special equipment in response, including tear gas and water cannons. By morning, the situation had stabilized, but some central streets of Jakarta, including those adjacent to the Office building, were blocked for traffic and pedestrians.

The leadership of law enforcement agencies is confident that the riots that began on the night of May 22 were planned in advance, and their participants received financial rewards. According to police spokesperson Dade Prasetio, hundreds of people immediately after the peaceful demonstration of supporters of the opposition presidential candidate Prabovo Subianto dispersed in several places in Jakarta and attempted to attack the police. At the same time, he said, they had prepared firecrackers, stones, edged weapons in advance, part of the arsenal was stored in nearby ambulances.

At the same time, the leadership of law enforcement agencies repeatedly stressed that neither the police nor the military personnel had firearms.

Now, 257 people have been detained on suspicion of organizing and participating in riots. However, law enforcement officials are confident that this number will grow.