Australians Warned About Travelling To Indonesia As Violent Protests Erupt After Election
Indonesia has been a hot travel destination for Aussies for decades because of the hot climate, beautiful beaches and cheap food and grog.
But authorities are warning Aussies about travelling to the country after violent protests erupted following the presidential election. President Joko Widodo beat candidate former general Parbowo Subianto - sparking nationwide demonstrations.
Six people have already been killed in the clashes and a further 200 have been injured.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued the following statement to Aussies, saying they need to exercise a high degree of caution if they go to Jakarta.
"Indonesian authorities advised there remains an increased risk of violence," the statement said, "including possible acts of terrorism.
"Demonstrations may continue throughout 23 May, particularly in the vicinity of the KPU office in Menteng, and the Election Supervisory Board (BAWASLU), and Tanah Abang, Jalan Wahid Hasyim and Slipi.
"Avoid these areas. A number of public institutions, including public transport, cultural sites and some schools, remain closed.
"Further protests may take place in regional cities. Avoid protests, demonstrations and rallies, as these can turn violent without warning. Monitor local media for updates on protest activity."
This follows a different warning Australians received this week about the perils of going to Indonesia. A severe strain of influenza has reportedly struck down multiple people after visiting Bali.
Several Australians claim they have contracted the virus after catching flights back from the Indonesian island, taking to social media to share their stories.
Hayley Taylor says she was admitted to hospital, after complaining of a high fever and other influenza symptoms.
Posting on the Facebook group Bali Bogans, Hayley wrote: "There was a gentlemen on the plane with a violent cough, I hope he has had himself checked over. I've just become hospitalised after coming back from Bali on 3rd May 2019. I have tested positive to Influenza A.
"I have somehow caught it from either Bali or on the plane, however we are unsure.
"I know there were kids on the flight, so please do the right thing and get them checked out please. I've hospitalised and have been bed ridden in isolation for 5 days.
"This is nasty, I've been on an IV, dosed with 4 different antibiotics a day, oxygen and have almost been a code blue. Thank you!"
Another passenger also said she had been affected after flying with a different airline. After returning to Australia from Bali on an Air Asia flight, she tested positive for Influenza A after being taken to hospital, and posted on Facebook to warn others.
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