Jakarta amid riot second consecutive day after election result announcement

For the second consecutive night supporters of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto turned violent in Indonesian capital Jakarta clashing with forces.

Jakarta amid riot second consecutive day after election result announcement

Protesters threw fireworks and rocks at the forces, who reciprocated by firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

More than 250 people are taken into custody and authorities have found money-filled envelops from some of those detained.

Authorities conclude the violence is mostly on paid provocations.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said, “After questioning, the suspects admitted that they were told to riot and that it was planned… We are still looking for the person who gave the instruction and the money.”

Medical workers in the city were seen treating injured protesters who were mostly affected by the tear gas. Oxygen was used to revive some of them.

Meanwhile, Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan confirmed six people have lost their lives in the violence on first night and dozens of others injured.

More than 250 people are taken into custody and authorities have found money-filled envelops from some of those detained.

According to state news agency three hospitals in Jakarta have treated at least 350 people for injuries.

Unrest followed after election commission announced presidential election result on Tuesday declaring Joko Widodo as the winner with 55.5 percent votes.

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