Protesters clash with police in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

Indonesia riots: man arrested for hoax saying ‘police from China’ shot protesters

  • As the post-election unrest escalated, messages started circulating on social media that rioters killed in the melee were shot by “police from China”, prompting the government to block WhatsApp to curb misinformation
  • Police spokesman said the man “deliberately spread information to create hatred against individuals, groups, based on their ethnicity”
Topic |   Indonesia

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Police disperse protesters at Tanah Abang in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta fear attacks on the community, as anti-China hoaxes spread on social media

  • After several people died in violent protests in Jakarta, messages spread on social media blaming the deaths on ‘police from China’
  • The messages prompted the government to temporarily restrict social media functions on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to halt spread of false information
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Police disperse protesters at Tanah Abang in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters
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