American Held Hostage in His Own Factory in China


Chip Starnes, the co-owner of Coral Springs, gestures to journalists from a window as he is held hostage by workers inside his plant, on the outskirt of Beijing, June 25, 2013. The American executive of a company producing speciality medical supplies in China said he has been detained by workers demanding severance packages since last Friday. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)



Chip Starnes, the American owner of a medical supplies firm, has been held up by his own workers at his factory in China.

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Since seven days ago, workers have refused to let him go.

They fear production will be moved to India and so they are demanding severance packages.

Others say they haven't been paid for two months.

Carol Hills talked with Starnes from his office in Beijing.