A Chinese worker has been fired after triggering large-scale protests earlier this week by tearing a picture of the Indian flag, and throwing part of it in the trash.
The incident occurred at an Indian office of the Chinese phone maker Oppo in the industrial city of Noida. Indian employees have charged that a Chinese national, referred to as Suhahu, tore a photo of the flag which was pasted on the office wall, before chucking the torn piece into a rubbish bin, India Today reports.
In response, thousands of employees protested outside the Oppo India office on Monday evening and Tuesday with police being called in to calm the situation.
On Thursday, the assembly plant remained closed for the third consecutive day. Oppo India is the country’s fourth largest smartphone maker. It plans to resume operations on Friday. Yesterday, the company released the following statement:
Based on the recent incident and after thorough investigation with the concerned authorities, we have found that a worker discarded the India flag from the table during regular external material check. Oppo India regrets this unfortunate incident and reaffirms that this is an individual’s behaviour that in no way represents our company’s position. We have zero tolerance for such incidents and have taken strict action in terminating the individual. We continue to work very closely with the authorities on the matter.
Police are currently investigating the matter, registering a case against the worker for “showing disrespect to the national flag.”
China’s foreign ministry has reminded Chinese companies to respect Indian laws and customs, while also calling on India to protect Chinese employees.
[Images via Hindustan Times]
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