Mass riot erupts at Foxconn factory in China

Foxconn said 2,000 workers were involved in the "incident"

Apple supplier Foxconn said an "incident" involving 2,000 workers erupted late Sunday night near a company manufacturing facility in China, as photos posted online showed cars turned over and store windows broken in what appeared to be a mass riot.

Foxconn, which is under scrutiny over worker conditions at its factories in the country, said the incident did not appear to be work-related.

The Taiwanese company said in a statement on Monday that the incident first started as a "personal dispute", and then escalated outside employee dorms near Foxconn factories in the Chinese city of Taiyuan. Local police arrived and brought the dispute under control by Monday morning at 3 a.m.

"According to police, some 40 individuals were taken to the hospital for medical attention and a number of individuals were arrested," Foxconn said. The company added the cause of the dispute is still under investigation, but said it appeared not to be "work-related", without offering specifics.

Posts from users on Chinese microblogs called the incident a riot, with video and pictures showing what appeared to be hundreds of Foxconn employees assembling in the night. Pictures posted online also showed the aftermath, with groups of police patrolling the area and cars flipped over.

Foxconn's manufacturing facility in Taiyuan employs 79,000 people, and builds components for cars and consumer electronics. Foxconn closed the factories on Monday, said company spokesman Simon Hsing, but the company could reopen the facilities on Tuesday, depending on progress made in the police investigation.

The company has seen increasing scrutiny over the company's working conditions in China, where it employs 1 million people. Earlier this year, workers reportedly staged a protest by threatening to jump off the roof of a building if Foxconn did not meet their compensation demands. Foxconn said the dispute was peacefully resolved.

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