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Apple factory brawl? Rioting at Foxconn plant delays production.

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(Read caption) Workers clean up glass shards from the broken windows of a security room at Foxconn Tech-Industry Park in Taiyuan, China. Riots consumed the Foxconn campus in Taiyuan on Sunday.

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In the US, the iPhone 5 has launched to blockbuster sales. In Taiyuan, a city in northern China, rioting has consumed a plant operated by Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that provides parts for many Apple products.

According to the BBC, the riots stemmed from a "personal dispute" in a Foxconn dormitory; by late Sunday evening, the fighting had spilled into the surrounding streets (see photo above).

The BBC reports that over 5,000 police officers were sent to Taiyuan, effectively ending the riots. 40 people were reportedly injured in the fighting, three critically. It remains unclear whether the Taiyuan Foxconn plant was a major Apple supplier; speaking to the New York Times, a Foxconn spokesman would say only that the factory "supplied goods to many consumer electronics brands." (Foxconn works with a wide range of companies, including Sony and Amazon.) 


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