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Six killed as Indonesia protests turn deadly

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Six killed as Indonesia protests turn deadly

Six killed as Indonesia protests turn deadly

Security tightens as Jakarta braces for more mass protest on Wednesday after official results confirmed President Joko Widodo's re-election on Tuesday.

Michelle Hennessy reports.


Six killed as Indonesia protests turn deadly

Protests that started peacefully in Indonesia turned deadly overnight.

Joko Widodo's re-election as president sparked civil unrest in the capital Jakarta.

The country had been awaiting official results since the April 17 election.

Soon after, supporters of Widodo's challenger took to the streets.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds Tuesday (May 21) night, as protesters hurled fireworks and set private property ablaze.

This was the scene on Wednesday (May 22).

Riot police are bracing for further mass protests.

Authorities have said 40 thousand police and army personnel were on duty across Jakarta.

Opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto has refused to concede defeat.

He said on Tuesday he believes there had been widespread cheating in the polls and was making legal efforts to - quote - defend the mandate of the people.

An election supervisory agency said there was a lack of evidence to support claims of systematic cheating, and independent observers have said the poll was free and fair.

The result released by the General Election Commission gave Widodo more than 55 percent of the votes.

Some schools and offices in the capital have shut this week, as police say they've detained dozens of militant Islamists suspected of planning attacks.

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