Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had previously said that six people had been killed during the riots as of Wednesday morning.
"As I said before, we are still checking," National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal said at a press conference at the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Human Rights office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.
He denied, however, several claims that have gone viral on social media regarding the police's actions during the rioting.
"First, Brimob [the National Police's Mobile Brigade] never attacked a mosque. Second, there are photographs supposedly showing foreign Brimob personnel with slanted eyes. We guarantee that all Brimob personnel are purely Indonesian citizens," he said.
"Third, as I said yesterday, the Indonesian Military commander and the National Police chief have ordered that security forces not be armed with or firearms or live rounds in securing the demonstrations. So, if someone used live rounds it was not the security forces."
Published : May 22, 2019
By : Karina M. Tehusijarana The Jakarta Post