Foxconn riots cause shutdown of a factory in Northern China





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Published on Sep 25, 2012

A dispute at a Chinese Foxconn factory that makes part of the iPhone 5 reportedly resulted in a riot involving nearly 2,000 employees. The factory was shut down as of Monday morning.

Foxconn Technology is one of the largest technology suppliers to such companies as Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. Foxconn has previously come under scrutiny for a series of suicides by Foxconn workers at its plants. After safety nets were installed around buildings, employees have had to change up their game plan.

According to inside sources, the riot started as fight between a violent security guard and an employee. Videos circulating around the web showed thousands of employees chanting, breaking glass and fighting with guards. It took nearly 5,000 policemen to quell the rioting.

The factory, located in the northern Chinese province of Taiyuan, makes the back plate of the iPhone 5. Apple fanboys probably care more about how incidents like these affect the availability of iPhone 5s than they care about the welfare of Foxconn's Chinese workers who make parts of the iPhone 5.


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