JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo stressed that the government wouldn’t tolerate rioters to make riots during the mass rally, while his contender Prabowo Subianto asked the state apparatus not to act repressively to protesters whose rights to deliver their aspirations were protected by the constitution.
“We will not give a riotous space that will damage our country. There is no choice! We will act, whoever it is, which disturbs the security of the country,” he said during a press conference at the State Palace on Wednesday (05/21), accompanied vice president Jusuf Kalla and other state security officials.
At the same time, opposition leader Subianto called on apparatus, both the police, the army and the ruling elite to be able to restrain themselves, not to act repressively against the protesters who expressed their aspirations. He also asked his supporters who until now holding a demonstration at headquarters of the election supervisory agency to convey their aspirations peacefully.
“I ask all parties, the police, the army, all public officials, religious leaders, and all components of the nation to refrain from avoiding both physical and verbal violence that can damage the nation stability,” he said accompanied by his running mate Sandiaga Sandiaga Uno and campaign team in Kertanegara, South Jakarta.
Widodo and Subianto’s statement was conveyed following the deaths of 6 people and hundreds of injured protesters who rallied in the capital from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. National police break them with tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday early morning.
The protesters fought back by throwing rocks, glass bottles as well as firecrackers. As a result, 6 people died and 200 people were reported injured. Then, a group of demonstrators moved towards the police mobile brigade headquarters in Petamburan, West Jakarta. They had set 25 vehicles alight, pelted the dormitory with stones, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, and bottles.
“There were 6 people killed, 200 people were injured due to riots earlier this morning,” said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in Jakarta on Wednesday (05/21), when visiting a number of victims who are currently being treated at a number of hospitals in Jakarta.
National police chief Tito Karnavian on Wednesday press conference confirmed reports that people had died but urged people not to immediately conclude that they had been killed by riot police. He adds, the apparatus, according to his instructions, were not allowed to use sharp weapons to secure the mass rally period.
The protesters are supporters of presidential candidate Subianto-Uno, who refused to accept the results of 2019 presidential elections announced by the General Elections Commission (GEC) on early Tuesday. The commission declared Widodo-Amin as the winners of the presidential election. They won 55.5 percent of the vote, 11 percent more than their contender, Subianto – Uno, who has continued to reject the result, citing election fraud.
A number of people regretted the violence. On social media, peoples asked Subianto-Uno to be responsible. The former general was asked to intervene, asking his supporters to stop demonstrating. Especially after he previously stated that he sued the election results to the Court.
“I ask all supporters who are still listening to me to hold back, express their aspirations peacefully. I know this is hard, but rest assured, that road is the only thing that is the best. Especially this holy month Ramadhan, let’s be patient, march peacefully,” Subianto said.
The same thing was conveyed by Widodo. He also asked all parties to be patient. “This is the Ramadhan month. A month full of blessings, a month full of forgiveness, a month full of love, we must increase charity and goodness for all,” he said.
Widodo also appreciated the opposition’s steps in processing the election results to the Court, adding that he was always open to working together to develop the country. This could be an indirect invitation to the opposition to immediately reconcile.
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