ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Politics

Indonesia police fire tear gas in anti-Jokowi protest

Announcement of official election result triggers rally in Jakarta

Mobile brigade police officers aim tear gas weapons during a clash with locals in Jakarta on May 22.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse a rally here in the early hours of Wednesday as opposition supporters vented their anger at President Joko Widodo's reelection.

Unsatisfied with the official election results released Tuesday, which showed the incumbent winning 55.5% of the vote against 44.5% for opponent Prabowo Subianto, protesters clashed with police in front of an elections agency in central Jakarta.

Roughly 1,000 people had gathered since the afternoon, chanting about wrongdoing in the election. While the demonstrations were mostly calm, some had stayed until midnight.

Police said security forces began removing protesters at around 1 a.m. Wednesday, which was met by heavy resistance and led to rock-throwing and fire-setting by protesters. Tear gas was used as a result, the police said.

It was not clear whether anyone was hurt.

Opposition supporters were scheduled to hold another large-scale demonstration later Wednesday. Prolonged turmoil could have negative effects on the economy.

Police have deployed more than 8,000 security personnel in central Jakarta to keep an eye out for a terrorist attack to take advantage of the situation.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends June 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media