The company that makes Apple's (News - Alert) iPhones recently halted its operations in its Chinese factory, due to a violent clash between the security and the 2,000 employees that injured 40 people. The confrontation took place in a dormitory near the company’s facility, which spread rapidly among the employees.
The privately managed dormitory is located near Foxconn Technology Group (News - Alert) premises. An investigation by the Taiwanese authorities is under way, and so far no concrete cause of the fight has come out in the open. The management and the police haven’t been able to figure out a suitable answer, but the report indicates almost 5,000 officers reached the location of the disturbance instantly.
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The factory, owned by Taiwanese based management, has not clearly declared, if they produce Apple’s products or not. However, the suspension from Apple indicates that the company had been producing the gadgets. The factory has over 75,000 employees, and according to the governing body, the factory will reopen within 24 hours.
The Foxconn Technology Group factory not only produces iPhones and iPads for Apple, but it also assembles products for companies like Microsoft (News - Alert) and HP. It is one of the largest corporations in China, both in terms of work force and production, and has over 1.2 million workers in factories in Taiyuan, the southern city of Shenzhen, in Chengdu in the west and Zhengzhou in central China. On Monday, Apple that claimed that it had sold five million units of the new iPhone (News - Alert) 5 within the first three days. However, its stock fell by 1.4 percent in midday trading.
The fight was dated just a few days after Apple released iPhone 5 in the U.S., and few other countries. The sale of the phone has been on a higher note from the very first day, with every store emptying their stocks, within a couple of days. In order to meet the rapidly increasing demand, Apple had accelerated its production. Only a small stock is left that will last a fortnight, and thus the production cycle had been accelerated. However, seeing the upsurge, the company had to immediately withdraw its decision.
The fight started on Sunday (September, 23) around 11 pm., and according to the spectators, it spread very fast, with both employees and spectators gathering together and creating chaos, which was hard to control. The statements from the police officials were the same from that of the bystanders, according to which, the fight had turned violent within minutes.
The fight went on for four hours, with 40 injured people taken to the hospital immediately. Many people were arrested, and most of them were employees of the company, a unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.
According to a news channel, the fight was caused by an unfortunate incident between employees and security guards. However, comments posted on Chinese Internet bulletin boards said it might have erupted after a security guard hit an employee. The authority is still waiting for the official reports to take further actions.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman