Protests in Indonesia claim lives of 6

Last Updated: May 22 2019 19:27
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JAKARTA- Protests on the outcome of last month's presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia's capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which, according to Jakarta`s governor, six people were killed. 

The protests followed an announcement before dawn on Tuesday by the election commission confirming that President Joko Widodo had beaten his challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto, in the April 17 poll.

"This is not a spontaneous incident, this is something by design. There are indications that the mobs are paid and bent on causing chaos," he said.

Hundreds of students also protested peacefully in the city of Medan, in the north of the island of Sumatra, demanding a probe into alleged election cheating, TVOne reported.