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BREAKING: Violent protests erupt in China's largest iPhone plant

On Wednesday, tensions at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China dubbed "iPhone City" reached a breaking point, with hundreds of workers walking out en masse to protest deceptive contracts and potential exposure to Covid-19.

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Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
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On Wednesday, tensions at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China dubbed "iPhone City" reached a breaking point, with hundreds of workers walking out en masse to protest deceptive contracts and potential exposure to Covid-19.

Law enforcement's efforts to quell the demonstration soon turned violent, with many protestors being beaten and attacked with tear gas.



According to Bloomberg, workers made their way out of the building early Wednesday morning and were met with security guards dressed in distinctive white uniforms.

Workers vastly outnumbered guards, causing the latter to attack the former, and the former to, in turn, defend themselves.



At one point, workers were tear-gassed, and countered the attack using fire extinguishers.



Workers then set a gate on fire.



Unrest continued into the day, with more law enforcement showing up to beat protestors.



Independent journalist Jennifer Zeng explained that the protests were largely made up of new workers, who had allegedly been promised by the company that they would work and be housed away from existing employees, many of whom may have had Covid.

When the new workers arrived at the factory, however, the company allegedly went back on its promise, causing many of them to feel deceived.

Life at the factory since lockdowns began in October under Xi Jinping's "Zero Covid" policy has been bleak. For the new recruits, who had been wooed with high salaries to replace the thousands who had fled the factory, things got to be too much, and they were left with no other option than to take to the streets.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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