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.’
At least six people have died in Indonesia as protesters clashed with police in the capital Jakarta.
Supporters of unsuccessful presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto took to the street following the release of official election results. pic.twitter.com/aHak6Sly5K
— DW News (@dwnews) May 22, 2019
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
#Indonesia: Demonstrations related to the announcement of election results have continued overnight. Clashes between police and protesters are happening at multiple sites in central #Jakarta. The Embassy strongly advises U.S. citizens to avoid demonstration areas. pic.twitter.com/HkpH2B82D7
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 22, 2019
#Indonesia: We’ve reviewed our travel advice & included new information. The advice level remains the same. Exercise a high degree of caution. Avoid protests, demonstrations & rallies as these can turn violent without warning. #be informed #beprepared. https://t.co/bgShBIax2O
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) May 22, 2019
#Indonesia: The results of the recent presidential and legislative elections were announced. There is a heightened risk of terrorism in reaction to the announcement. Demonstrations may also take place throughout the country. https://t.co/YQ4Fs4T2Gc
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) May 21, 2019
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
Further news and information
Confirmed: Social media restricted in #Indonesia following a government blocking order amid election unrest; network data show blocking of Facebook and Instagram backend servers, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services #KeepItOn 📉https://t.co/HeqF4s0vuT pic.twitter.com/2rgliCkav1
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) May 22, 2019
Six people were killed and more than 200 injured in Indonesia’s capital amid angry protests against the results of the country’s recent general election. https://t.co/JrxzR9XhCH
— CNN (@CNN) May 22, 2019
In response to violent protests, authorities said that they would block some social media services, including Facebook and Instagram, in some areas of Indonesia https://t.co/yXq4pVFNef
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 22, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 22, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 22, 2019
LIVE: Six people killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia during protests against the re-election of President Joko Widodo – according to local media, citing Jakarta’s Governor.
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) May 22, 2019
Indonesia arrests dozens after violent post-election clashes https://t.co/GwbPXzB2Ft
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 22, 2019
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