Large protests at iPhone factory in China

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Zhengzhou. Large protests have broken out at Foxconn’s largest iPhone factory in China.

This is evident from images circulating on the social media Twitter and Weibo, writes the AFP news agency.

The factory is located in Zhengzhou in central China.

A video shows hundreds of employees walking on a road. Some of them are confronted by riot police and people in protective suits. The video was recorded in daylight.

Another video shot in the dark shows factory workers confronting police with flashing lights as they shout “protect our rights, protect our rights”. In another video, you can hear the person operating the camera talking about tear gas and smoke bombs, writes AFP.

Two sources close to Foxconn confirm to the Reuters news agency that the protests have taken place. The news agency also writes that material from social media shows that people with sticks have destroyed windows and surveillance cameras.

Reuters has no further details at this time.

The hashtag “Foxconn Riots” appears to have been censored on the Chinese social media Weibo, writes AFP.

The factory is run by the Taiwanese company Foxconn. The company has more than one million employees spread across China in approximately 30 factories and development departments.

The factory in Zhengzhou is regarded as Foxconn’s crown jewel.

Earlier this month, China wanted to isolate 600,000 people in the area due to 64 new corona cases. In recent years, repeated shutdowns of large Chinese cities have meant falling production in the country. For millions of citizens, the shutdowns have been equivalent to confinement in their own homes.

The shutdown led to staff shortages at the Zhengzhou factory. This led the Chinese government to join the field in the attempt to recruit new employees, writes the American newspaper The New York Times.


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