More than 900 armed workers have stormed Ssangyong's plant in Pyongtaek, South Korea.
The strikers were armed with pipes and firebombs, and are reported to have attacked some of the 4000 people who had re-entered the plant in a bid to get the assembly line back into operation following a shutdown while the company was in receivership.
More than 80 people are reported to have been injured in the clashes, and the plant is now reported to be under the control of the rioting workers. Reports suggest that support for the rioters is growing, as local people join their demonstrations against job cuts.
“We came to the conclusion that our efforts alone can no longer protect our plant so we decided to leave, even though it breaks our hearts,” said a statement released by Ssangyong's administrators. “Our employees entered the plant to protect our work place with only their bare hands against armed strikers.”
The violence was sparked after a court appointed administrator said Ssangyong had to axe 976 of its workforce at the plant, from a total of around 5000.