2,000 workers were involved in the mass brawl at the factory, and 5,000 police officers were called. But the most terrible thing is that at least one iPhone 5 production line got damaged. More details and videos after the jump.
UPDATE: 10 deaths have occurred from Foxconn Taiyuan riot, according to CPCW (China Popular Computer Week). However, Foxconn confirms that no employee deaths have occurred from the riot.
“We can confirm that there have been no employee deaths related to the incident which took place at an employee dormitory in Taiyuan last night. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”
Before you read on, here’s one fact you must know: Foxconn has a plant in Taiyuan, which is the largest city in Shanxi province. The factory is in the middle of the city, employs roughly 79,000 people and makes products for a variety of companies. This particular factory specializes in assembly of manufactured components and stamping of metal.
So, today, what makes this incident special is last March and April, the very same factory went on strike. This particular factory is noted for its very high mandatory overtime requirements and poor working conditions. We outlined this in our special undercover report here. One of the main complaints is that the security personnel are very strict and don’t treat the workers well. Our inside source has told us that this is what set off the incident today.
Since another incident in June at the same plant where a small group of workers bravely stood up to the factory boss, but were put down we would imagine things have been grim at the factory.
The Trigger of The Riot
‘The fight is over now … we’re still investigating the cause of the fight and the number of people involved,’
And Woo also told The Wall Street Journal,
‘Our decision is to take a day off for that particular plant today.’
Well, Woo also said the company will issue a statement later on Monday.
However, the worst part is that we are told many of the people who were arrested weren’t involved in the fighting at all. They deliberately went and damaged the factory. As we outlined previous, iPhone 5 is selling at a high price, and there is a shortfall on supply as there always is at launch. This Taiyuan factory is an assembly factory for Apple’s iPhone 5, we have already confirmed this prior even if Foxconn refuses to do so. If the assembly line has been damaged, it could mean iPhone 5 shortfalls for even longer. This is bad news for Apple fans. Below are more photos showing the police forces who were called in to break up the fight and keep everything under control till the next day.
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