(PM) – On Friday, the Indonesian police have arrested 441 people involved in the May 22 Protest, a protest which was aimed at disputing the election results.
The Chief of Communication of Indonesian Police Brigade General Dedi Prasetyo said that the police have been conducting an investigation on the hundreds arrested protesters.
“It is now on the investigation, as of now, we have arrested around 441 people who were allegedly inciting violence on May 22,” Brigade General Dedi said at the Indonesian Police Headquarter in South Jakarta, Indonesia.
General Dedi stated that they are still conducting an investigation on the case to look deeper into the involvement of each individual in the violent protests happened on May 22.
The police are still trying to identify if the violent protesters were the thugs of Tanah Abang who got paid for inciting violence, while the rest of violent protesters were those coming from provinces outside Jakarta such as West Java and Banten.
The violent protests broke out on May 21 and happened in several locations including in front of the Indonesia Election Observer buildings at MH Thamrin, the Police Dormitory buildings at Petamburan and Slipi Flyover.
At least 12 police buses and dozens of civilian cars have been burned by the protesters at Slipi Flyover.
On Thursday, the Head Chief of Public Relation Division of Indonesian Police Inspector General M. Iqbal also stated that some of the May 22 protesters are members of the Islamic Reform Movement, an ISIS-affiliated organization in Indonesia.
“We found out that two arrested protesters from outside Jakarta are affiliated with the Islamic Reform Movement, their intentions were to wage jihad in the capital,” General Iqbal said in the press conference.
The general stated that the police have strong evidence that will show the two arrested protesters are affiliated with the Islamic Reform Movement.