first published on May 22, 2019 by Will
At least six people have been killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia as police violently crackdown on mass protests in Jakarta in response to the re-election of President Joko Widodo.
While the police denied using live ammunition, some of the dead protestors died of gunshot wounds. The others reportedly died of blunt force trauma.
Over 30,000 Indonesian troops have been deployed to the capital in response to the protests. Rioters are setting cars ablaze and throwing projectiles at security forces.
The government has shut down access to various social media platforms in an attempt to disrupt the protest organizers’ means of communication as well as stifle videos of government sanctioned brutally reaching the rest of the world.
“I open myself to anyone to work together to build and develop this nation, but I won’t tolerate anyone who tries to disrupt public security, the democratic process or the unity of our… country,” said President Widodo, according to BBC.