Travel Alert: Aussie Tourists Warned Over Travel To Indonesia

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a warning for Australians who are travelling to Indonesia in the near future.

Daily Mail reports the warning comes after violent riots and clashes between protesters and police in the wake of the presidential election result.

Six people have already died in the protests while another 200 have been wounded, according to Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan.

The election commission announced on Tuesday that President Joko Widodo had taken out the top job from former general Prabowo Subianto in the April 17 poll. 

The DFAT website says:

"Following the Electoral Commission's (KPU) announcement of the results of the Indonesian presidential and legislative elections on 21 May 2019, violent clashes between protesters and security forces continued into the evening and overnight 22-23 May, in central Jakarta in the Tanah Abang, Jalan Wahid Hasyim and Slipi areas.

"Indonesian authorities have advised there is an increased risk of violence, including possible acts of terrorism. 

"A number of public institutions, including public transport, cultural sites and some schools, remain closed.

"A heavy police presence remains at the protest sites. Police continue to intercept protesters from regional areas."

Image credit:  AP / Dita Alangkara

Written By Christina Cavaleri

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