At least six people have been killed and over 200 injured after election results were announced in Indonesia on Tuesday.

President Joko Widodo was declared the winner, securing his second term. His opponent Prabowo Subianto rejected the results, claiming that the vote was rigged. Protests in the capital of Jakarta were initially peaceful, before violence broke out and the police responded with tear gas. Further protests are likely today (Wednesday).

Social media has been suspended in some areas – authorities claim this is to help limit the spread of fake news. The South China Morning Post reports that ‘some of the protesters chanted anti-Chinese slogans such as “Usir Cina” (kick Chinese out) and “Awas Asing” (beware of foreigners) – apparently in reference to Jokowi, who has been criticised for favouring the Chinese Indonesian community and for his openness to investment from China.’

Travel advice

If you are in affected areas, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family. Be aware that some social media channels are being blocked, so make sure you have agreed different methods of contact.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Following the official announcement of the general election results on 21 May there have been demonstrations in central Jakarta, some of which have resulted in violence. The Indonesian authorities expect the demonstrations to continue and have put in place security personnel and some road closures. Expect significant traffic disruptions in areas where demonstrations occur. Demonstrations may also take place in other cities on the islands of Java and Sumatra. You should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies as there’s a risk of violence.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia

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