Six million people on Friday were under Covid lockdown in a Chinese city home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, after clashes between police and angry workers over wages.
Authorities have ordered residents of eight districts in Zhengzhou, central Henan Province, not to leave the area for the next five days, and to set up barriers around residential buildings and “high-risk” checkpoints to restrict travel.
There were only a few Corona Virus Cases are in the city, but under China’s coronavirus policy, even small outbreaks can lead to onerous lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing.
The lockdown in Zhengzhou follows protests by hundreds of employees over conditions and payment at Foxconn’s massive iPhone factory on the outskirts of the city, with images of fresh gatherings emerging on Friday.
The footage has been posted on Social media And the geographical location of Agence France-Presse showed a large group of people walking in a street in the east of the city, some of them carrying banners.
A man could be heard saying “a lot of people”. Agence France-Presse was unable to verify the exact timing of the protests.
Workers have previously told AFP that the demonstrations began over a dispute over the promised bonuses at the factory.
Dozens of workers left the factory on Thursday and paid 10,000 yuan ($1,400) from Foxconn.
On Friday posts a short Chinese video apps He said the Taiwanese tech giant was turning down thousands of people World Health Organization He had responded to job advertisements from the company after a slew of departures last month.
Several workers told AFP that some of those who had arrived to take up fresh vacancies were sent to quarantine hotels outside the factory even though they were eventually refused employment.
“We are in a quarantine hotel, and we have no way to go to Foxconn said one of the workers, who asked not to be named.
Another employee said those who were rejected were promised 10,000 yuan in compensation to force them into quarantine, but received only a fraction of that amount.
“They don’t allow that we “I start working and we can’t go home,” an isolated worker in the nearby city of Ruozhou told AFP.
He added that there had been several small protests in other cities in Henan by Foxconn workers who were forced into quarantine and were unable to start work.
– ‘Please share this’ –
Other videos posted online on Friday and geolocated by AFP showed angry workers demolishing furniture and denouncing police in a hotel lobby in Nanyang, about 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Zhengzhou.
The workers appeared to be quarantined at the hotel, as in one clip a man is heard saying: “Whoever is online, please share this.”
The unrest in Zhengzhou comes against a backdrop of mounting public frustration with the government’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID.
China’s daily case count reached 33,000 on Friday – a record 1.4 billion for the country although it is small by global standards.
The anti-coronavirus crackdown has sparked sporadic protests and hurt productivity in the world’s second-largest country. Economie.
In a manufacturing hub in southeastern Guangzhou, millions of people have been ordered not to leave their homes without a negative virus test.
Geo-located social media footage posted by AFP on Friday showed residents of the city’s Hezhou district dismantling barricades and throwing objects at police while wearing protective gear.
“What are you doing? What are you doing?” A shield-wielding police officer can be heard asking as he and his colleagues steer clear of the projectiles.
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