Employees of a knitting factory rallying for unpaid wages in China were violently dispersed by riot police recently, with six workers injured and two reporters detained.
The clothing company being protested against is the Korean-owned Hanmei, in Guang’an city, Sichuan Province; it has more than two hundred employees that are mostly migrants and mainly produces knitted products.
According to a worker, the Korean boss rarely comes to the factory, so the factory manager is in charge of the business.
One employee reported that the factory manager fled the company to avoid a confrontation with workers that had been following him around, asking for the two and a half months of unpaid wages.
The workers then rallied around City Hall on Dec. 21 after the manager’s disappearance, hoping the authorities would step in. They were angered after finding the city officials ignored their claims and sent hundreds of riot police to violently disperse them.
According one company employee, Mr. Wang, the workers complained that the regime always resorts to violence to resolve problems and they said they would firmly confront the authorities.
Although the police refrained from using batons when they jostled with the protestors, they still injured six workers that have been taken to the hospital, with three still not having been discharged due to severe wounds from the incident, according to Wang.
Witnesses said that two reporters, one male and one female, were pushed to the ground and taken away by police. The public demanded the release of the reporters, but the police said they were not reporters, despite having camera and microphone.
A mentally disabled worker was also reported to have been slapped in the face by a policeman several times. The family was seeking an explanation from the local authorities.
An old woman who fell down and was trampled during the clash is still in hospital, according to Mr. Wang.
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