Workers in Zhongtang township, Guangdong province sacked at a toy factory, smashed buildings and clashed with police, after gathering to demand severance pay, AFP reported. Six people were injured and 19 arrested in the riot at the Kaida Toy Factory, a Hong Kong-owned company. Workers said the plant, which employed up to 6,500 people and had been operating for 20 years, had laid off 380 workers on Wednesday last week, allocating severance pay based on length of employment. More layoffs are expected this week. The riots came as China’s export sector suffers from lower global demand amid an economic downturn.
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