Jakarta – The Central Jakarta Police arrested eight people suspected of being provocateurs during a rally demanding a delay in the detention of non-active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in front of the Jakarta High Court on Friday.
"We will investigate the matter to see whether the allegations are correct," said Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Suyudi Ari Seto as quoted by kompas.com. The suspects have been taken into custody for further investigation, he went on to say.
In the rally in front of the court building in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, Ahok supporters demanded that the court accept the detention delay requests they had submitted. They also called on the court to accept Ahok's appeal.
The police were forced to disperse the rally participants with water cannons as they insisted on staying in the area until Friday evening. (kuk/ebf)