Foxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported Dead

Foxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported Dead

More than 2,000 Foxconn workers were involved in the riot.

Earlier today, we reported on the Foxconn riot that broke out at the company’s Taiyuan, China, plant on Sunday evening. More than 2,000 employees were involved, and it took more than 5,000 police several hours officers to bring the disturbance under control.

Although many were injured, it was first thought that there were no deaths. Unfortunately the riot was much worse than initially reported, and ten workers have now been pronounced dead, according to reports.

According to CPCW — via Chinese blog MIC Gadget — the disturbance resulted in ten deaths, and the plant has now been closed for at least three days while investigations take place. However, Foxconn has denied that were any fatalities.

Foxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported Dead

“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,” the company said in a statement.

This particular plant employees more than 79,000 people, and it specializes in the assembly of manufactured components and stamping metal. It is currently producing the new aluminum rear panels that feature on Apple’s iPhone 5, and at least one production line was damaged during the riot.

This is the same plant where workers rioted back in March, and MIC Gadget claims it’s notorious for its strict overtime requirements, which are forced upon its workers. But one of the biggest complaints is that security personnel are abusive to staff, which is said to be the cause of Sunday night’s brawl.

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.

Gang members from Shandong and Henan also became involved in the fight when news spread, and it took 5,000 police officers until 3 a.m. to bring it under control.

Foxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported DeadFoxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported Dead

In an effort to keep the fight under wraps, employee cellphones were confiscated and erased, and around 100 people were arrested. In addition to this, Chinese authorities moved quickly to have photographs and videos of the incident removed from microblogging site Sina Weibo.

As workers fled the scene, many were trampled, and around 40 individuals are now in the local hospital with injuries, though MIC Gadget suspects the actual number may be greater than that.

Apple also has four of its own employees located at this plant, which are working to improve efficiency and quality control. It’s unclear where these workers were at the time the riot started.

Foxconn Riot Much Worse Than First Thought: 10 Reported Dead

With the plant now closed for three days, and at least one production line damaged, it could be that Apple’s iPhone 5 shipping delays get worse before they get better.

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  • Sounesa Griffin

    I love how the last line of the article says there could be iPhone 5 shipping delays. SMFH

  • BenjyWeeks

    Delete that last line, it’s heartless.

  • Tallest_Skil

    “Steve Jobs would never have let this happen.”

    Frigging trolls.

  • nuloahc

    the last line is so out of the place. i know the iphone 5 is the hot topic, but when people start dying, that’s the last thing i worry about.

  • bking2911

    How about mentioning the other companies that uses Foxconn for their products. And way to worry about phone delays when reports of ten people lost their lives.

  • Shilly Devane

    SON OF A BITCH! These troublemakers better not have delayed my iPhone 5!

  • redplanet

    The last line about the deaths seems no different than listening to traffic on the radio and hearing that a fatality on a freeway or a bridge has caused morning commute delays. Reporting the facts does not have to mean lack of empathy or compassion. Why do we accept it with freeway deaths but not in this situation? I mourn all untimely, unwarranted deaths but separate it from the repercussions.

  • Yasaswy Nagavolu

    Whats the reason for all this again? is ti overtime mandatory thing? damn.. all these articles give non-sense status.. cops, etc.. but forget to give the reason..

  • cultycultyculty

    Isn’t it obvious why they “riot”? It’s no different than in places like Haiti where the slaves overthrew the masters and burned it to the ground. These places are not “factories”, as much as the globalization propagandists claim it is. These are slave camps run by the CCP, with armed guards whose job is to milk every last ounce out of their prisoners. Why do you think people were jumping to their death off of these buildings, so much that the CCP placed netting around the building and forced their slaves to sign a “no suicide” pledge?

    How any rational, thinking person can believe that China’s government runs humane facilities where the human rights of its citizens are respected is beyond me. There is a plethora of information documenting the fact that the CCP, which currently rules China with an iron fist, has become the “engine” of the world economy partially by running the Chinese equivalent of slave plantations, making their serfs work 60-75 hour workweeks, beating them if they do not comply, housing them in prison-like conditions, and not caring if their slaves die from the forced labor.

    The only way to make this right is to boycott any and all trade with the CCP until they completely reform their labor laws and treat their citizens humanely. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, the American government will not do anything to rock the boat, and the idiotic consumer addicts in the U.S. will continue to clamor for their iPhone 7/8/9, so next time you’re showing off your latest pathetic gadget, think about how many pitiful Chinese slaves died so you could post your inane Facebook status with it.

  • Harvey Lubin

    Some bloggers have been turning this story into a hit-piece against Apple, which is bizarrely ludicrous. Here are news quotes that shed light on this story:

    “Foxconn can confirm that a personal dispute between several employees escalated into an incident involving some 2,000 workers at approximately 11 pm last night in a privately-managed dormitory near our manufacturing facility in Taiyuan in Shanxi province. The dispute was brought under control by local police at approximately 3 am this morning. According to police, some 40 individuals were taken to the hospital for medical attention and a number of individuals were arrested. The cause of this dispute is under investigation by local authorities and we are working closely with them in this process, but it appears not to have been work-related. The Taiyuan facility employs 79,000 people and manufactures automobile electronic components, consumer electronic components and precision moldings.”

    “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.”

  • aratuk

    “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,” the company said in a statement.

    It continued, “Foxconn policy states that in the instant before employees’ souls leave their bodies, their positions are terminated, so the scenario you describe is actually quite impossible. And anyway, we erased their phones.”

  • Zod Buster

    typical iSheep response.. People are DEAD.. but they worry about their almighty god’s phone being delayed…
    AREUKIDDING>>

  • Shilly Devane

    What we have here, is a failure, to communicate. All they had to do was not riot and work. Some Chinamen you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way they wants it… well, they gets it. I don’t like it any more than you Chinamen.

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