PINGDINGSHAN, CHINA—Out on the pavement the battle lines were drawn: in an awesome show of force, more than 1,000 uniformed, riot and plainclothes police blocked the factory gate — with a special black-clad unit, armed with clubs, riot shields and a don’t-mess-with-us attitude.
... But on one morning last week, workers appeared to be winning. “They don’t treat us like human beings,” shouted one woman. “They couldn’t care less if we lived or died,” said another.