A riot broke out involving 2,000 workers at a Chinese Apple factory last night, in the latest flashpoint at the company’s manufacturing partner Foxconn.
According to reports, the disturbance occurred at a plant in Taiyuan and could have been caused by a security guard’s over-zealous treatment of an assembly line worker.
The outbreak of violence, which was purportedly quelled by the presence of 5,000 policemen and which saw manufacturing equipment destroyed, has seen Foxconn suspend production at the factory to allow authorities to investigate.
It’s not known to what extent supply of the iPhone 5, massive demand for which has seen retailers across the UK sell out, will be affected by the incident.
An official statement from Foxconn read: “A personal dispute between several employees escalated into an incident involving some 2,000 workers at approximately 11pm last night in a privately-managed dormitory.”
Apple, as is its wont, has yet to comment on the riot.
News of tensions at Foxconn’s factory come after a series of employee suicides at the company, which some linked to what were claimed to be unrealistic workloads and unsatisfactory working conditions.