Shanghai factory chaos (video)

From Bloomberg News' "Workers at Apple China Plant Clash With Guards Over Lockdowns" posted Friday:

Hundreds of workers at a technology factory in China clashed with authorities and flooded past isolation barriers after weeks under lockdown, a stunning breakdown in the Communist Party’s efforts to contain Covid-19 infections.

The Shanghai factory, which is owned by Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc. and makes devices for Apple Inc. among others, has been operating under tight restrictions since the beginning of April. In a video shared on Twitter and YouTube, workers rushed through barriers and tangled with guards in white protective gear who tried to keep them inside.

Quanta employees confirmed the clash occurred Thursday evening, while the company did not immediately provide comment. One worker said that people are worried about further tightening because there are positive Covid cases on the campus. The government is taking a central role in managing the plant’s operations, said another employee on-site...

Quanta is a critical partner for Apple, generating more than 50% of its revenue from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company as it assembles MacBooks and other devices. The Taiwanese company also does work for HP Inc., Dell Technologies Inc. and Microsoft Corp., according to Bloomberg supply chain data.

My take: This is being reported as a "riot" at a MacBook Pro plant. It's a pretty riotous scene to be sure -- with looting and fisticuffs -- but it's not clear whose devices these workers were supposed to be assembling. I suppose "Riot at Dell XPS Laptop plant" doesn't have the save ring.


  1. Fred Stein said:
    Calling it the Quanta Computer factory would be the most accurate and most boring.

    May 6, 2022
  2. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Blame “Apple” for everything theses days. Vegans will be rioting in Hawaii as they blame roasting a whole pig on Tim Cook for not taking a stronger stance and eliminating the Apple from its mouth.

    Is Apple being blamed for the debacle in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve? Why not? That involved an Apple too!

    May 6, 2022
    • The craft cider people I collaborate with use only Apple gear at festivals. It’s just a slice of their core principles.
      Apple orchards are also not possible without dedicated pollinators.

      May 6, 2022
  3. I’m sort of mixed about a Chinese revolution. This video is not an isolated incident, Party usually covers up dissent. It may have been a BBC reporter that asked how much quarantining the Chinese will take before they collectively say « Enough is enough. »
    As an investor I do not want the Chinese to go all Michigan and storm the government buildings.

    May 6, 2022
  4. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    When you lose the adjectives, you lose the passion.

    May 6, 2022

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