Wiranto: There is Mastermind Behind 22 May Riot
Date 28 Mei 2019
There is a mastermind behind the recent post-election rally on 22 May that ended in chaos, according to Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto.
The Minister made the statement during a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (28/5) and asserted that there is mass mobilization to stage a rally in front of the office of the Elections Supervisory Board (Bawaslu).
Long before the election result declaration by the General Elections Commission (KPU), Amien Raisa staunch supporter of presidential candidate Prabowo-Sandiaga Unohad issued a statement to conduct a so-called people power if there are frauds in the elections. However, the attempts were foiled as the regional leaders appeals proved effective to prevent mass mobilization, the Minister said.
According to Wiranto, the rallys main goals are to reject the presidential elections result, delegitimize the election organizer and the Government, as well as disqualify presidential candidate pair number one so the candidate pair number two can be declared as winner of the election.
Wiranto went on to say that the peaceful rally turned chaotic after the mob attacked officers with various instruments such as stones, sharpened bamboo, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails.
There is a strong allegation that an anarchic rally was deliberately staged to lure officials to act repressively which resulted in mobs casualties, the Minister said, adding that the casualties could be used as a basis for opinion to corner and accuse security apparatus of being arbitrary.
Regarding the victims, Wiranto continued, there was a strong allegation of intention to create martyrs to ignite the mobs anger so that they will occupy the KPU, the Bawaslu and the DPR (the House of Representatives) buildings as well as the Presidential Palace.
Furthermore, the Minister also said that initial findings including gunshot residue, shells, and bullet trajectory revealed that they do not belong to the Indonesian National Police (Polri) weapons. Therefore, the police are now forming a TPF (Fact Finding Team) to find out the truth. (Humas Kemenko Polhukam/ES)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Edited by: Muhardi/Muhammad Ersan Pamungkas