JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Seeing alleged orchestrated anarchy, Indonesian Police have detained six people along with their firearms, who aimed to create chaos in the vote election results protest. The seized firearms include M4 Carbine with silencer and Taurus TX22 revolver with around 60 bullets.
According to official, rioters planned to trigger public anger over the chaos and blame it on security officers.
National Police Chief Tito Karnavian said that the arrested alleged rioters admitted that the weapons will be used on Wednesday rally. But other than the seized weapons, he feared that there are still other firearms circulated.
“We received information that there will be a plan to carry out shooting at the masses and creating martyrs. As if it what was done by the authorities, and resulting in public anger,” Karnavian said.
His statement is given following the death of six people and hundreds injured caused by the chaos. Official is now investigating the death, seeing if there is any alleged orchestrated provocation. He also claimed that police only used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the mass.
Karnavian explained the differences between protesters and rioters. According to him, the Tuesday rally at the Indonesia’s Election Supervisory Body’ office, calling for the disqualification of incumbent President Joko Widodo from the presidential election due to allegations of electoral fraud, went peaceful until 9 p.m.
But afterwards, the people who came were rioters, threw rocks to officers and burned firecrackers. Police see the rioters are being paid, as they found several envelopes with Rp6 million total.
Restrict Social Media
Government’s effort to maintain security will also cover communications. During the increasing tension, access on social media will be limited.
“In the meantime to avoid provocation, we will restrict access on certain social media to keep negative things away in the community,” said Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Wiranto on Wednesday (05/22) at his office.
Meanwhile, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara explained that the social media restriction will be implemented temporary and in stages. But he stressed that it will mostly be applied in messaging system’ photo and video feature, to prevent mass’ increasing emotion.
“This appeal is made to pay attention to the impact of the spread of content in the form of photos, images or videos that can provide oxygen for the purpose of violence, which is to create fear in the community,” Acting Head of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics Bureau Ferdinandus Setu said in a written statement.
Setu reminded that video content containing provocative incitement of violence and hate speech based on ethnicity, religion, race and class are content that violates the provisions of Law Number 19 Year 2016 concerning Amendments to Law Number 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Transactions Electronic.
Therefore, the government continues to monitor and search sites, content and accounts using the AIS engine with the support of 100 member verifiers.
“In addition, the Ministry also works with the Police to track and identify accounts that spread negative content in the form of provocative acts of violence and incitement,” Setu said.
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