Foxconn, the world’s largest consumer electronics contract manufacturer, was forced to close its factory in Taiyuan, China after a riot broke out at the facility late Sunday.
According to various reports, Foxconn is saying that the riot was a personal brawl between a few workers which escalated into a full-blown riot.
In a report from The New York Times, the Taiyuan City Foxconn factory is described to have “smashed windows, riot police and large groups of workers milling about.”
Reuters, meanwhile, has an official statement from Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo who said that “The plant is closed today for investigation.”
Official details from Hon Hai Precision Industries, the owner of the Foxconn trade name, remain scant.
Nonetheless, other reports detail the extent of the damage.
According to Engadget, about 2,000 people were involved in the riot. The Taiyuan factory employs nearly 80,000 individuals.
Reuters says that authorities have confirmed to them that they sent 5,000 police to defuse the situation.
The news organization also said that 40 people were taken to the hospital and that “a number” were arrested.
Foxconn, which makes Apple devices such as the iPhone among others, has said that production will soon resume at the factory, CNET adds.
Image from Photo Giddy on Flickr (CC)