BPN to Report 98 Activists Accusing Prabowo of Masterminding Riot
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Spokesman for Prabowo-Sandi National Winning Body (BPN) Andre Rosiade revealed it will report back 98 activists, who had approached the Police over allegations of Prabowo Subianto masterminding the riots on May 22, 2019.
"The legal team will later report back the activists, if indeed they are really activists," Rosiade had stated in Jakarta on Thursday.
Rosiade remarked that the accusation was leveled to defame the 02 presidential candidate.
The member of the Gerindra Communication Agency noted that Prabowo being accused of masterminding the May 22 riots was an attempt to spread slander, and he was certain that the activists reported about it without evidence.
"I am certain that there is no evidence, as it does not exist, and this is an attempt to spread slander against Pak Prabowo, and it cannot be tolerated," he emphasized.
Rosiade pointed out that if they were indeed 98 activists, who had clashed on the streets, what should have been highlighted was the loss of lives during the riots, such as during those in 1998.
"Well, this is strange. The fact that activists have just spread slander about the mastermind behind the riots, is not the victim of the riots that clearly has victims," he pointed out.
Rosiade noted that it was in fact Prabowo, who had repeatedly requested his supporters demonstrating in front of the Bawaslu office to go back home.
"Hence, it does not make sense. As an activist, his reasoning should be directed to the victims of violence," he stated.
Earlier, several people, on behalf of the National Rembug 98, had rallied in front of the National Police Headquarters, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Wednesday (May 29).
The rally was staged with the objective of reporting Prabowo and several other people to the Police over accusations of masterminding the May 22 riots. In his speech, apart from Prabowo, they also mentioned the names of Titiek Soeharto, Neno Warisman, Amien Rais, Kivlan Zen, and Fadli Zon.