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Riot Breaks Out at Foxconn's iPhone 5 Casing Factory

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Police called to break up riot at Taiyuan plant.

A Foxconn plant has been closed following a riot that apparently took place at the facility late on Sunday. Engadget reports that the incident went down at the Taiyuan plant, the same site as the March salary strike that saw staff stop working and demand a pay raise.

The reason for the riot is not immediately clear. Engadget points to unofficial news reports that say the whole thing was started as a result of security guards hitting a worker at 10 p.m. Sunday. Indeed, Reuters cites an unconfirmed report on Sina Weibo that claims four or five guards beat a worker 'almost to death'. Another post claims guards beat up two workers from Henan province. However, despite these reports, Foxconn told Reuters in a statement that the incident that triggered the riot involved only employees. Foxconn said it was a result of a personal dispute between employees. What's more, the component manufacturer said the dispute was not work-related. A senior official from the Taiyuan city government is quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying employees from Shandong Province clashed with staff from Henan Province and sparked the riot.

Whatever the reason, it was enough to close the plant down. Reports indicate that 5,000 police were on site to break up the mayhem. Though Foxconn hasn't said how long the plant will stay closed, an employee told Reuters that the company would be closed for up to three days. The Taiyuan plant employs almost 80,000 people.

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    dfusco , September 24, 2012 3:32 PM
    "Let them eat rice cakes!"

    -Steve Jobs
  • 26 Hide
    Northwestern , September 24, 2012 3:28 PM
    "Oh no! I hope this doesn't delay the arrival of my iPhone 5!"

    -An Apple Consumer
  • 26 Hide
    freggo , September 24, 2012 3:24 PM
    iPhone 5 seems to be off to a good start.
    First the Maps mishap, now this...

    Wondering if this too will cause Apple stock to go up.
    Nothing surprises me at this stage when it comes to Apple.
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    freggo , September 24, 2012 3:24 PM
    iPhone 5 seems to be off to a good start.
    First the Maps mishap, now this...

    Wondering if this too will cause Apple stock to go up.
    Nothing surprises me at this stage when it comes to Apple.
  • 25 Hide
    irh_1974 , September 24, 2012 3:27 PM
    This is the slippery slope, once the pre-order hype dies down and people realise the 5 is a turd then it will be like the first time Jobs left, except this time he aint coming back
  • 26 Hide
    Northwestern , September 24, 2012 3:28 PM
    "Oh no! I hope this doesn't delay the arrival of my iPhone 5!"

    -An Apple Consumer
  • 26 Hide
    dfusco , September 24, 2012 3:32 PM
    "Let them eat rice cakes!"

    -Steve Jobs
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    spookyman , September 24, 2012 3:32 PM
    Oh whats wrong with some child\slave labor. How else do you expect cheap electronics?
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    house70 , September 24, 2012 3:34 PM
    "However, despite these reports, Foxconn told Reuters in a statement that the incident that triggered the riot involved only employees."

    Of course; security guards are employees, as well. Nice try there, but failed.
  • 18 Hide
    thecolorblue , September 24, 2012 3:38 PM
    Apple sweat-shop: what a nice place to slave one's life away, on a Sunday night at 10pm.

    it would seem that riots are just a "feature" of Apples high profit margins
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    cookoy , September 24, 2012 3:48 PM
    Maybe the pay, working conditions and pressures are still causing people to be pissed off at the slightest provocation. 80,000 people are a lot. So an employee's job description may read "Responsible for making sure the 4th screw on the lower right corner of the main board is fasten securely to the chassis." Won't be easy to find another job with such a work experience.
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    noblerabbit , September 24, 2012 3:50 PM
    having read the headline, I thought of only one thing, that is, a riot broke out because there was a surge to jump off the building asap, and workers had to fight their way through their own blockade to get to the top of the foxconn building.

    /disowned family and friends that use Apple products.
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    Netherscourge , September 24, 2012 3:56 PM
    LOL - There are more people are looking at this news as " more iPhone 5 Delays" or "More Bad Publicity for Apple" as opposed to "Human Rights Abuses and the Outsourcing US Tech companies supporting it".

    How pathetic has our world become?
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    frombehind , September 24, 2012 4:05 PM
    NetherscourgeLOL - There are more people are looking at this news as " more iPhone 5 Delays" or "More Bad Publicity for Apple" as opposed to "Human Rights Abuses and the Outsourcing US Tech companies supporting it".How pathetic has our world become?


    It is what ever YOU and I allow it to be...
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    nocteratus , September 24, 2012 4:16 PM
    This is why I got a SGS3 yesterday.

    Forced labor, horrible living and working conditions, ... I don't want to purchase a product base on that.
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    $hawn , September 24, 2012 4:17 PM
    Apple is literally minting money these days....they spend so much on R&D...wud it hurt so much to ensure that these workers have a little more humane working conditions and timings? Even if $10 from each over-priced iphone is spent towards this cause, i'm sure it would do much good.
    But Apple, like other big companies won't bother, to them china is just a land of cheap human over-working slave machines!!
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    Netherscourge , September 24, 2012 4:33 PM
    BTW - wasn't it the Foxconn CEO, who back in June, said the iPhone 5 was an Galaxy SIII killer?

    Seems more like the iPhone 5 is a Foxconn Employee killer...
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    nurgletheunclean , September 24, 2012 4:36 PM
    5000 Police?!?! What kind of municipal police force has 5000 officers available for something like that? Sounds like a full strength army brigade, to me, and it probably was.
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    SteelCity1981 , September 24, 2012 4:57 PM
    I boycot anything that has a foxconn product for the vast mistreatment that their workers suffer under.
  • 7 Hide
    samkl , September 24, 2012 5:10 PM
    SteelCity1981I boycot anything that has a foxconn product for the vast mistreatment that their workers suffer under.


    You'd need to not buy anything from Apple, HP, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, IBM, Logitech, Panasonic, Sony, Mazda, Honda, Ford, and most out global brands.

    In the age of globalization, everything is manufactured by massive outsourcing vanilla companies.
    -SK
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    gsacks , September 24, 2012 5:12 PM
    Is it fair to ask why a factory needs guards in the first place?
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    thecolorblue , September 24, 2012 5:27 PM
    samklYou'd need to not buy anything from Apple, HP, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, IBM, Logitech, Panasonic, Sony, Mazda, Honda, Ford, and most out global brands. In the age of globalization, everything is manufactured by massive outsourcing vanilla companies. -SK

    i don't buy anything from those brands... was that so hard??

    or is slave labor okay just because everybody is doing it?
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    AndrewMD , September 24, 2012 6:03 PM
    gsacksIs it fair to ask why a factory needs guards in the first place?


    Most factories and office buildings have guards. Even in the US.
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