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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) manufacturing partner Foxconn, which was forced to shut down its Taiyuan factory due to a riot early Monday, has said the facility will resume production on Tuesday. The company also said in a statement e-mailed to CNET that there had been no deaths related to the incident.
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Foxconn closed the factory in the northern China province of Shanxi after a violent riot broke out at the facility and lasted for several hours. While many details about the reasons for the riot are not known, it apparently began as a dormitory brawl around 11 p.m. and was only brought under control around 9 a.m. after 5,000 police officers were called in. The incident reportedly involved roughly 2,000 out of a total of 79,000 employees at the factory. Around 40 workers were taken to the hospital and several were arrested.
While Foxconn described the incident as stemming out of a personal argument, other reports have suggested it may have been sparked by violence from the guards at the factory. The incident is the latest in a spate of worker protests at various plants run by Foxconn, which is the world’s largest contract maker of electronic goods but has lately faced repeated accusations of poor conditions and worker mistreatment.
“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,” Foxconn said, declining to comment on the reason behind it.
An employee contacted by Reuters said the plant was among those that assemble and make parts for Apple’s iPhone 5. Foxconn, which has 20 factories scattered around China, also manufacturers electronic products for Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), and Nokia (NYSE:NOK), among others.
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