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Six die, protests swell as Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest

The clashes between police and protesters followed an announcement on Tuesday (May 21) by the General Election Commission (KPU) confirming that President Joko Widodo had beaten his challenger Prabowo Subianto in last month’s poll.

Crowds swelled in central Jakarta, some carrying wooden poles and some smearing toothpaste around their eyes, a practice commonly carried out to eliminate the effects of tear gas.

Protests that began calmly in the sprawling textile market area of Tanah Abang turned violent after nightfall, with police firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told TVOne that by the morning six people had been killed and 200 were wounded.

(Production: Maikel Jefriando and Heru Asprihanto)

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