TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police said they had named 10 people who acted as rally commanders as provocateurs of the May 22 riot in Jakarta.
The ten have been identified as DW, AA, F, R, MY, AH, YN, IG, FA, and YN. YN remains at large to date. Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed YN had been listed in the most wanted list (DPO).
“YN is suspected of being a riot commander in the field as he narrated ‘burn, throw, fight’,” said Dedi in his office, South Jakarta, Friday, July 5.
As reported earlier, the riot broke out after the General Election Commission (KPU) announced the victor of the 2019 presidential election. Masses who rejected the vote tally results staged a demonstration in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building.
Dedi explained the protesters were divided into two segments. The first one staged a peaceful rally from the morning until the tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers).
“Based on the communication with the field coordinators, [the rally] went really well. But in the second segment, rioters had prepared themselves,” he explained.
In addition to the ten provocateurs, the police suspected there were eight groups that masterminded the May 22 riot. “There are eight groups. Investigators are still looking into these groups," he said.