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May 23, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 23, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – At least eight people were killed in two days of post-election riots in Central Jakarta, while hundreds required medical care, the city administration said on Thursday.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan revealed the new casualty figures while visiting the center of the unrest on Thursday morning, after the violence had subsided.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - May 23, 2019

A former Indonesian cop has vowed to fight for justice after he was dismissed from the police force for being gay, but he's already hit a legal roadblock after a court threw out his lawsuit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
CNN Indonesia - May 23, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairperson Asfinawati has drawn a comparison between the May 21 and 22 riots in Jakarta, the May 1998 riots and the 1974 Malari affair. She says that there are similarities between the three incidents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Tempo - May 23, 2019

Juli Hantoro, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Wiranto said that the government has already identified the intellectual actor behind the riot on May 22, 2019.

"We have already known the mastermind behind the act, and law enforcers will take stern action," he underlined.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Tempo - May 23, 2019

Andita Rahma and Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) has identified the owner of an ambulance suspected to be operated by Gerindra Party's Tasikmalaya branch. The vehicle, which is currently under police confiscation, was discovered at the location of a riot on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Failing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto tweeted a video late on Wednesday evening, calling on his supporters to abide by the law and avoid expressing their aspirations by violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 23, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto has called on his supporters to put their trust in the law as he plans to contest the election results.

The former general lost the presidential election to incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, however has refused to concede, claiming election fraud.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Detik News - May 23, 2019

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) is calling on the political elite from the presidential election campaign teams of Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin (TKN) and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno (BPN) to take responsibility for the riots in Jakarta on May 22.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Straits Times - May 23, 2019

Jakarta – Four of the six people who were killed during post-election protests that turned into a full-fledged riot on Wednesday (May 22) had sustained stab wounds, according to the Jakarta Police.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Reporters Without Boarders (RSF) Statement - May 23, 2019

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on protesters and riot police who have been clashing for the past two days in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to respect the work of journalists. RSF also urges the Indonesian authorities to quickly investigate the press freedom violations that have taken place during this post-election rioting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2019

Rangga Prakoso & Nurjoni, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has defended the government's decision to build the Batang Toru hydroelectric power plant in North Sumatra, arguing that criticisms from non-governmental organizations regarding the project's environmental sustainability and its presumed threat to rare orangutans are incorrect.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Coconuts Jakarta - May 23, 2019

The Jakarta Metro Police have arrested 257 people alleged to have provoked and then taken part in violent riots during last night's post-election protests. Police say they have obtained evidence that the provocateurs were paid to manufacture chaos.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 23, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have confiscated an ambulance marked with a Gerindra Party logo after it was found filled with rocks instead of medical equipment and arrested three people during riots over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's election victory in Sabang, Central Jakarta, early on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Democracy Now! - May 23, 2019

Amy Goodman & Nermeen Shaikh – In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - May 23, 2019

Bogor – A number of student elements, initiated by the Indonesian Muslim Student Union (SEMMI), calls on the public to accept the 2019 Election results as announced by the KPU. They also urge the public to reject the call for people power by losing candidates over accusations that election was fraudulent.

May 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – The Bandung Regional Legislative Council (DPRD Bandung) in West Java is scrutinizing city-owned water company PDAM Tirtawening following the halting of a water installation project worth Rp 63 billion (US$4.3 million) in Cikalong.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The riot that followed a protest in front of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Central Jakarta on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was premeditated, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Dian Septiari, Jakarta – Incumbent leader Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin were declared winners of the April 17 election in the early hours of Tuesday, following an announcement of the official count by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Here are some of the comments and reactions the pair has received from world leaders, in no particular order:

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Coconuts Jakarta - May 22, 2019

Following the chaos that unfolded last night in Jakarta after the protests by supporters of Prabowo Subianto ran late into the night, leading to violent riots around Central Jakarta, many Indonesians woke up in shock to the news this morning and took to social media to speak out, leading to a number of trending hashtags showing how people feel about the tense situation in the capit

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Feriawan Hidayat, Jakarta – The Mosque Management Organization of the Jakarta Chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama, known as LTM PWNU Jakarta, called on all mosques in the capital city deny accommodations to participants of the May 22 rally.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Robert Wardy & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Police have seized an ambulance in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, which they presume was being used to carry stones to the location of an ongoing mass protest by supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – As riots escalated in the capital on Wednesday morning, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that six people had died as of 9 a.m.

"Six people have died so far. Two at Tarakan Hospital and then at Pelni, Budi Kemulyaan, Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSAL Mintoharjo hospitals," he said. "In total, six people had died and 200 sustained injuries as of 9 a.m.," he added.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police confirmed on Wednesday evening the arrest of nearly 260 protestors participating in the May 22 rally against the result of last month's presidential election, after rioting broke out at three locations in Central and West Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – The rupiah dropped to Rp 14,488 per US dollar on Wednesday from Rp 14,462 per dollar the previous day, according to the Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate (JISDOR) following riots after incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was declared the winner of the presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Coconuts Jakarta - May 22, 2019

On Indonesian Twitter, the biggest trending hashtag today has been #TangkapPrabowo (#ArrestPrabowo), which is primarily being popularlized by netizens who think the two-time presidential election loser should be held legally responsible for his role in inciting the violent protests that broke out last night in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The Bandung Corruption Court in West Java sentenced on Wednesday inactive Cirebon regent Sunjaya Purwadisastra to five years in prison after he was convicted in a bribery case.

The panel of judges also revoked Sunjaya's political right to run for office and ordered him to pay Rp 500 million (US$34,443) in fines.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta has been closed following unrest caused by a protest to challenge the victory of incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has called on presidential contender Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno to help ease tensions after post-election protests turned into a riot in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Coconuts Bali - May 22, 2019

Dozens of college students in Bali gathered in Denpasar on Tuesday to represent a coalition of student alliances staging a protest rejecting the "people power" movement that's brewing in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in protest of the official presidential election results that were released yesterday declaring President Joko Widodo the winner.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Coconuts Jakarta - May 22, 2019

Fake news and hoaxes tend to spread rapidly in the wake of any chaotic event, and the riots that took place in Jakarta last night (and continued into the morning in some parts of the capital) have been no exception.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Robertus Wardi & Carlos Ky Paath & Christian Lee, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto said law enforcers have arrested a former commander of the Army Special Forces, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Sunarko, for alleged treason and smuggling of arms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Ghina Ghaliya, and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the winner of the 2019 presidential election early on Tuesday morning, giving the president a second and final term in office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – Former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has congratulated President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for winning the 2019 presidential election based on the official final vote tally by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – A series of post-election protests escalated in Pontianak, West Kalimantan as an unknown party set fire to a police post on Wednesday.

A group of people carrying firecrackers reportedly gathered at the intersection of Jl. Tanjung Raya near a traffic police post in East Pontianak district and set fire to the post on Wednesday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said that the government will not tolerate anyone who disrupts the country's security and democracy as civil unrest grips the capital city following the announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The campaign team of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno has denied responsibility for the deadly riots that started during a rally involving supporters of the losing candidates in Jakarta on Tuesday and that have continued on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
The Guardian - May 22, 2019

Kate Lamb in Jakarta and agencies – Six people are dead and more than 200 are injured, according to Jakarta's governor, after mobs clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital following the release of official election results.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Sydney Morning Herald - May 22, 2019

Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Six people have been killed on the streets of Jakarta while protesting against the election victory of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the worst political violence in the country in decades.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - May 22, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto said that the government is forced to temporarily limit the number of features across social media platforms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police have said that clashes between supporters of Prabowo Subianto and security forces during election protests in Central and West Jakarta throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning were orchestrated and "by design."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – Former Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-era education and cultural affairs minister Muhammad Nuh has been appointed as the new chairman of the Press Council for the 2019-2022 term.

He replaces Yosep Adi Prasetyo, who had been chairman since 2016.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2019

Yustinus Paat & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission, or KPU, has given reasons for its decision to announce the results of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections just after midnight on Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, as was widely expected.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - May 22, 2019

Jakarta – People protesting the presidential election results attacked the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) dormitory on Jl. KS Tubun in Slipi, West Jakarta, where they set fire to cars in the area at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

May 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
Coconuts Jakarta - May 21, 2019

Following his official defeat in the April presidential election, as announced by the General Election Commission (KPU) in a surprise move early this morning, Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto's woes have seemingly been compounded by reports that he has been accused of committing treason against the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – After more than a month of vote-counting marred by protests and accusations of fraud, the General Elections Commission, or KPU, announced the winners of last month's simultaneous presidential and legislative elections early on Tuesday morning, a day ahead of schedule.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 21, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) has officially declared President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo the winner of the April 17 presidential election after completing the national vote tally in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Post - May 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have arrested the campaign spokesman for presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, Lieus Sungkharisma, on suspicion of subversion and spreading hoaxes.

The police arrested Lieus at his apartment in West Jakarta on Monday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Indonesia at Melbourne - May 21, 2019

"My husband never told me the truth, that he was HIV positive. Within four years of marriage, his condition worsened and as it happened, I was diagnosed HIV positive." – Woman living with HIV, Makassar

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - May 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Malt Beverage Industry Association (GIMMI) has welcomed the government's decision to exempt the Batam free trade and port zone (KPBPB) in the Riau Islands from excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - May 21, 2019

Jakarta – A domestic worker in North Jakarta was reportedly abused to death by her employer, who accused the victim of stealing food and small change.

North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said on Tuesday that the victim, identified as LN, died of exhaustion and hunger after being locked inside a bathroom without food for five days.