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Police fire tear gas as Indonesia court rules on poll challenge

JAKARTA - Indonesian police used tear gas and water cannon Thursday to break up a rally by supporters of the ex-general who lost last month's presidential election, as a court was set to uphold his opponent's victory.

As judges at the Constitutional Court started reading the lengthy verdict to Prabowo Subianto’s challenge of an election won by Joko Widodo, which could take several hours, police responded to a rowdy crowd of his supporters with force.

Officers fired multiple volleys of tear gas and water cannon into the crowd, which was several hundred strong, after they earlier threw rocks and attempted to push past lines of riot police guarding the road to the court, which was closed off.

Some police chased supporters away and hit them with batons. It lasted only a few minutes and the crowd dispersed afterwards. An AFP reporter at the scene said one unconscious protester was carried into an ambulance.

AFP


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