Images shared on Weibo and Twitter on Wednesday revealed that large-scale protests broke out at Foxconn’s massive iPhone facility in Zhengzhou, central China.

Videos showed hundreds of employees walking in broad daylight along a road, some of whom were met by riot police and a line of hazmat suit wearers.

Another livestream video clip showed a group of employees yelling, “Defend our rights! “, as they approached a line of police officers and a flashing police car. Protect our rights!

As smoke billowed from the truck and one worker pulled a metal roadblock across the ground, a streamer playing the words,

The main subcontractor for Apple, Foxconn, experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases at its Zhengzhou facility in recent months, prompting the firm to close the enormous complex in an effort to contain the virus.

Allegations of bad working conditions at the plant, which employs hundreds of thousands of people, reportedly caused the site’s terrified workers to flee the area in large numbers on foot.

Foxconn employs more than a million people throughout the nation in approximately 30 factories and research facilities, making it the largest private employer in China.

The Taiwanese company’s crown jewel, Zhengzhou, produces iPhones in numbers unmatched anyplace else.