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Foxconn Plant Shuts Down After Riot

Elizabeth Johnson |
September 24, 2012 | 2:26 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

A Foxconn Protest Earlier This Year (Creative Commons)
A Foxconn Protest Earlier This Year (Creative Commons)
Major electronics supplier Foxconn Technology has closed one of its Chinese plants after a fight escalated into a riot involving more than 1,000 workers Sunday, the New York Times reported. 

A spokesperson for Foxconn, which is a major supplier of Apple, said that they are still investigating the cause of the uproar. But the Times reported that a Foxconn employee, reached by phone Monday, said that the disturbance started when workers began fighting with security guards.

The Taiyuan, China Foxconn plant employs 79,000 workers and over a million workers throughout its Chinese plants. It is unclear what products are manufactured at the temporarily closed plant. The plant may be reopened as early as Tuesday, according to AP reports.

This isn't the first time Foxconn has made headlines recently. In 2010, a rash of suicides drew attention to the Chinese plants. Earlier this year, anti-Foxconn protests led the company to pledge to improve working conditions. 

Read the full story at the New York Times.


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