TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Clashes between Indonesian police and protesters angry over the result of last month’s presidential election raged for a second night on Wednesday, turning central Jakarta into a battlefield of tear gas, rubber bullets, rocks and firecrackers.
Supporters of presidential candidate and former military general Prabowo Subianto took to the streets of Indonesia claiming widespread fraud before, during and after the polls that saw incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reelected.
Major roads and public transport routes were shut in the center of the capital, with 40,000 police and soldiers deployed across the city to maintain security this week, Al-Jazeera reported.
The Elections Oversight Body and the General Elections Commission have denied that major fraud took place.
Protesters threw fireworks and rocks at the police, who responded by firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.
Medical workers were seen treating dozens of protesters affected by tear gas and using oxygen to revive some who had passed out.
At least six people were reported to have died in the protests.