“We have exclusive news on a riot breaking out at Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant, the main location where 57 million units of iPhone 5 need to built for each year,” Steve Lo reports for M.I.C. Gadget.
“2,000 workers were involved in the mass brawl at the factory, and 5,000 police officers were called… at least one iPhone 5 production line got damaged,” Lo reports. “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.'”
Lo reports, “Our sources indicated that one of the security guards hit a Foxconn worker and this made even more of the workers angry and they started to beat up the security guard and others who tried to stop the fighting. Eventually as the Foxconn hired security was overwhelmed rather quickly, they called for backup. They have said it is a dispute between “workers” that started between 10-11pm on September 23rd. However it rapidly escalated from there… Around 40 people are in hospital, but again we suspect many more.”
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Riots break out at Foxconn factory in China – September 24, 2012