Andi Arief Urges Jokowi, Prabowo to Meet to `Cool Things Down`



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Andi Arief, the Democratic Party's deputy secretary general, appealed to Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto to immediately have a meeting in a bid to quell off the mass protest against the 2019 presidential election results. He said that people have died because of the protests held since Tuesday night.

    Andi asked until when are Jokowi and Prabowo planning to hold off the meeting. He said that the lives that were lost was an indirect result of the competition between the two political elites.

    "To the honorable Pak Prabowo and Pak Jokowi, how many lives must be lost until you both soften up and agree to meet? These people died as a result of the competition between the two of you," he said before reporters, Wednesday, May 22. 

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    Andi said that the political elites are somewhat "lulled" by the clash between the public and security enforcers. He questions why none of them had said anything to cool things down. 

    "Pak Jokowi, Pak Prabowo, turn of your televisions and go meet," he half-begged. 

    Groups of people held a demonstration to protest the outcome of the 2019 presidential elections in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency or Bawaslu last night. After the masses disbanded, a group of people started coming near midnight and started to riot against the police.

    Authorities pushed them back to the Tanah Abang area, releasing tear gas at them—countered with fire crackers and Molotov cocktails. The mob also started burning cars parked outside the Brimob building in Petamburan.