Dozens of Strikes Erupt in Southern China (Photos)

August 30, 2012 Updated: August 31, 2012
Laborers blocked the road at Nanzhuang Township Government, Foshan City, Guangdong Province on Aug. 27, asking the local authorities to mediate compensation of delayed wage payment by factories that went out of business. (

Fueled by land over-development as well as local officials’ control measures, the economy of southern China’s Pearl River Delta Region has been under duress. By the end of 2010, the Guangdong Provincial Government accrued a debt of around 589 billion yuan ($92.8 billion). Several townships in Dongguan City, famed for its booming manufacturing industry, have declared bankruptcy in recent years. 

Photos uploaded by users on the popular Sina Weibo microblogging site show what is purportedly dozens of labor strikes Aug. 27 and Aug. 29, with many participants demanding that factories and companies pay them overdue wages.

Guangzhou protesters on Aug. 27 demand the Guangdong Provincial Highway Administration to pay them their wages. (
Peasant workers have demanded their wages near Nanping West Road in Chongqing, located in southwestern China, on Aug. 28. (
Workers with the Hebao Construction Equipment Machinery Co. in Heshan City, Guangdong Province on a strike on Aug. 29. (
Workers hold banners demanding their wages in Chengdu on Aug. 29. (
Laborers demanding their wages gather at the main entrance of the People's Court of Xiamen City on Aug. 29. (
Factory workers on strike in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province on Aug. 29. (

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