In China, unprecedented revolt of “iPhone workers” against anti-Covid health rigor

Employees of Apple-operated Foxconn in Zhengzhou clash with police over changes to their working conditions on Wednesday. EyePress News/EYEPRESS via Reuters Connect

STORY – The giant Foxconn factory with 200,000 employees, an Apple subcontractor, experienced riot scenes.

#Foxconn riots: The hashtag circulating on Chinese social media appears to have been censored. But anger and demonstrations are more present than ever in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province in central China, home to the Foxconn factory, the world’s largest manufacturing site iPhone. Social networks Twitter and Weibo show a crowd of workers marching past people in white full body protective suits as well as riot police. Videos are circulating showing a man with a bloody face, workers smashing CCTV cameras and windows, and images of tear gas. The Taiwanese group Foxconn confirmed the “violenceat its huge Zhengzhou site.

The employees are demonstrating against their very degraded living conditions by the draconian measures adopted by the authorities as part of the fight against Covid-19. In October, the site, dubbed iPhone City, where 200,000 to 300,000 Chinese…

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