There have been protests and riots around the world’s largest iPhone factory because of the strict corona measures in China. The Taiwanese Apple supplier Foxconn, which operates the plant in the Chinese metropolis Zhengzhou, confirmed the clashes on Wednesday. “Regarding the violent acts, the company will continue to communicate with employees and the government to prevent similar things from happening again in the future,” Foxconn said.

As seen in videos shared on social media on Wednesday, tumultuous scenes erupted around the plant both at night and in daylight. Hundreds of workers gathered and marched against a large contingent of security forces. Police officers with batons and plastic shields tried to push people back. Clashes ensued. It was also possible to see how some workers were apparently injured on the ground. Trapped in the “closed circuit” Around the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, where around 200,000 people are employed, there had already been unrest a few weeks ago. Thousands of employees had fled for fear of infection or the strict measures. Foxconn then offered workers higher wages if they chose to return despite the restrictions. But the plant continued to operate in a so-called “closed cycle”. Employees were not allowed to leave the factory premises. Foxconn announced on Wednesday that it had received questions from new employees about their salaries. These would be paid out as provided for in the contracts. Rumors that employees would have to share their accommodation with infected colleagues are false. There were also protests against the government’s corona measures in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou last week. Angry migrant workers ripped down scores of barricades there. While most countries around the world try to live with the virus, China remains on a strict zero-Covid strategy of lockdowns, mass daily testing, tight controls, contact tracing and forced quarantine. Nevertheless, the number of new infections has increased sharply again in the past few weeks. The situation appears increasingly confusing.

Source: krone

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