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257 suspects arrested amid post-election riots in Indonesia

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.
24.05.2019 - 10:19

Police arrested nearly 260 people in clashes following a mass protest in the capital Jakarta on Wednesday.

257 SUSPECTS ARRESTED

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

The police 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," police 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.