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40 Injured in Foxconn Clashes

Posted: Sep 25, 2012

Some 40 people were injured after clashes broke out at a Foxconn Technology Group plant dormitory in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan late Sunday, police said.

Workers at the factory, which employs about 79,000 people, told China Daily that the clashes erupted after the plant's security staff beat up a worker.

The company, which is a major Apple supplier and that has recently been shrouded in controversy over its working conditions, said that the incidents were not work related.

On Monday, workers said that the factory did not resume production that day, and that they did not know when they would work again.

Three workers were in serious condition after the incidents, while most of the other workers were only slightly injured, according to the initial investigation from the public security bureau of Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province.

Taiwan’s Foxconn, which is also the world’s largest electronics manufacturing company, said that a personal dispute between employees escalated into a more serious incident at about 11 pm on Sunday in a dormitory near its Taiyuan plant.

Taiyuan's public security bureau said that the incident involved 2,000 workers and attracted more than 10,000 local people, who went to the facilities to watch the fighting, and that it triggered chaos in the area surrounding the plant.

About 5,000 police officers were sent to the scene, and had the incident under control at 9 am on Monday.

An Associated Press report on Tuesday noted the factory was up and running again nearly two days after the violent clashes.

Read the full report here.

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