Supporters of defeated Indonesian presidential candidate turns violent in Jakarta; 6 dead

Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by violence on Tuesday after the results of recently held presidential elections were released.

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According to National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo the supporters of an unsuccessful candidate turned violent. Dozens of protesters have been detained.

Footage shown on Kompas TV reveals rocks thrown at the police and a paramilitary police dormitory put on fire.

The protests started peacefully but later turned violent and people set on fire cars too. Police fired tear gas to disperse the supporters.

Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed six dead and 200 injured.

Election Commission announced the new president of Indonesia will be Joko Widodo as he has won with 55.5 percent vote.

This will be second term for Widodo. Presidential election was held on April 17. More than 192 million people were eligible voters.

Footage shown on Kompas TV reveals rocks thrown at the police and a paramilitary police dormitory put on fire.

Meanwhile, former general Prabowo Subianto, the opponent candidate for the race, refused to accept the results and self-declared himself as the winner.

More than 30,000 troops have been deployed in the capital to bring situation in control.

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