Cops Round Up Topless Bleeding Jakarta Rioters As 6 Die

Story ByAlex CopeSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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These images show cops rounding up dozens of topless, bleeding men they claim were given money to whip post-election violence that left six dead.

The video was shared by local police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta after protests reportedly left six people dead in the city in the wake of the re-election of the country’s President Joko Widodo.

In the video, dozens of topless suspects can be seen crouching on the ground in a long line.

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Other images show armed police officers looking over the suspects, some of whom appear to be bleeding.

Reports state the police in Jakarta arrested 257 suspects who they claim were “paid provocateurs” who helped start the deadly riots.

Spokesman for Jakarta Metro Police Argo Yuwono claims the force has evidence the suspects had come from outside Jakarta before meeting at the Sunda Kelapa mosque to organise the riots.

Yuwono added that investigators had evidence the suspects had set a police barracks in the Petamburan area on fire along with 11 cars.

The spokesman added that somebody had paid the suspects and supplied them with weapons to start the riots, and cops reportedly seized machetes, Molotov cocktails and cash from the suspects.

The investigation into who hired the alleged rioters is ongoing.

Six people have been confirmed to have died in the violent protests which shook Jakarta and a further 200 were injured.

The protests had begun peacefully but quickly turned violent, with cops firing tear gas to disperse crowds.

The country’s General Election Commission had confirmed that Widodo had won the presidency, taking 55.5 percent of the votes, defeating ex-general Prabowo Subianto.

Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.

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