Police Identify 10 Provocateurs of May 22 Riot

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  • Mobile brigade (Brimob) police officers guard during a riot near the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 22, 2019. Indonesian riot police fired tear gas at protesters in central Jakarta on Wednesday, as fresh clashes broke out on the streets of the capital following the announcement of official election results, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Arimacs Wilander

    Mobile brigade (Brimob) police officers guard during a riot near the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 22, 2019. Indonesian riot police fired tear gas at protesters in central Jakarta on Wednesday, as fresh clashes broke out on the streets of the capital following the announcement of official election results, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Arimacs Wilander

    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. 

    Read: Police Yet to Uncover Masterminds Behind May 22 Riots

    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. 

    ANDITA RAHMA