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Toy production back on track

PRODUCTION has resumed in the toy factory in south China's Guangdong Province where two Uygurs were killed in a brawl, according to local sources yesterday.

About 16,000 of the 18,000 workers at the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan had returned to work by yesterday, including more than 700 workers from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

A dispute among factory workers led to a fight involving hundreds of people on the morning of June 26, leaving two dead and 118 injured.

Jin Ling, a worker with the factory from Jiangxi Province, left the plant on June 27 but returned a day later.

"When I came back, I found the production line was open but many workers were absent," she said. On that day, only about 3,000 employees went to work.

Sitting in her dormitory, which has a white mosquito tent, a red bedsheet, a round mirror and a textbook of mandarin Chinese, 21-year-old Uygur Aysumgul Memet said she was learning while working.

"We were worried after the incident a few days ago, but now we are feeling better every day," she said.

Busa Regul is only 19 but is already head of a production group. Although she said the work was at times tiring, she was satisfied with the salary of between 1,100 yuan (US$161) and 1,600 yuan a month. "I want to learn more so as to find a better job in the future," she said.

Erbakri Turdi, Party chief of the Minxiang Village of Shfu County in Xinjiang, said many migrant workers from the region had complaints when first arriving. "But the local government is trying to comfort them," he said.

After the clash, Turdi said they helped all Uygur workers to phone their families.

"Unlike reports from some media, most of the workers from Xinjiang are willing to continue work here," he said.


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