Riot Breaks Out at Foxconn's iPhone 5 Casing Factory

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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  • freggo
    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.
  • irh_1974
    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
  • Northwestern
    "Oh no! I hope this doesn't delay the arrival of my iPhone 5!"

    -An Apple Consumer
  • dfusco
    "Let them eat rice cakes!"

    -Steve Jobs
  • spookyman
    Oh whats wrong with some child\slave labor. How else do you expect cheap electronics?
  • house70
    "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.
  • thecolorblue
    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
  • cookoy
    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.
  • noblerabbit
    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.
  • Netherscourge
    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?