10 feared dead in Foxconn factory riot; Apple iPhone 5 production line damaged, shut down for 3 days

“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.”

More info and many photos in the full article here.

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49 Comments

    1. But….. But….. It just will not be as media attention getting if we cannot blame Apple for this… After all, Tim Cook should have known that something like this could have happened.

      Just a thought.

          1. LOL!!
            That needs to be the new standard reply to any of the worlds bad news. !!!

            ALA Saturday night live. “Francisco Franko Is dead. —- That would never have happened if Steve Jobs was still alive!”
            Just a thought.

    1. As an American resident of the Middle East, I can assure you that there are not nearly as many rocket launchers as you are led to believe. Don’t forget the topic already addressed above in a different context: sensationalism sells. Don’t believe the hype.

    1. It’s all relative. Remember the potential workforce is ~1.4 billion! Humans are plentiful and cheap in China which is the ONLY reason the world has moved most assembly lines there.

      1. The USA Loves China as it fuels the American way of life! Americans borrow to no end and the Chinese lend to America to no end. Can’t wait to see what the future will hold for the USA when the Chinese start asking for some of it back.

    1. Actually there is a Foxconn policy that if you are near death, you are fired immediately. If you recover, you can apply for reinstatement.

      NO Foxconn employees have ever died. EVER!!!

      Lol

  1. I’ve seen things like this in China before… More than likely it has nothing to do with work or working conditions. It sounds like a personal issue between some people, that obviously escalated.

    I was living in a dorm in China and saw something similar… Two guys got in a fight and “took it outside”. Next thing you know each guy has 10 buddies behind him. Then friends from nearby factories start showing up with sticks, bats, etc. (it was out in the street by then). After a little while I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on. Just pure chaos.

    People just get their riot on sometimes… Los Angeles, London, etc..

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