Calm returns to Jakarta

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JAKARTA – The city of Jakarta which was the scene of unrest with demonstrations and riots after the announcement of the 2019 Presidential Election (Pilpres 2019) on Tuesday, is now calm with its residents going about with their usual activities.

Public transport services, business and commercial premises in Tanah Abang, Jalan MH Thamrin, Jalan Sabang and Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, the locations of riots, resumed operations today.

Nonetheless, Jalan MH Thamrin and Jalan Imam Bonjol where the Election Supervisory Agency ( Bawaslu) and the General Elections Commission (KPU) are situated, remained closed to traffic with police and armed forces personnel keeping a tight control in the area.

Indonesian Police Community Relations Division head, M Iqbal in a statement said seven rioters were killed while nine security forces were injured in several series of riots.

“What the public needs to know is that those killed were rioters. They are not traders or religious worshippers,” he said.