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Microsoft's mass layoffs spark protests in China

'Hundreds' turn out to voice anger over planned job cuts, reports say

Last month, Microsoft announced huge job cuts - the biggest it had ever undertaken
Last month, Microsoft announced huge job cuts - the biggest it had ever undertaken

Microsoft's planned job cuts sparked a wave of protests at the company's Nokia phone business in China over the weekend, according to a Reuters report.

Citing pictures on social media, as well as an employee present at the protest, the report said that hundreds of disgruntled employees turned out to voice their anger over Microsoft's mass layoffs.

The source said that the protest, held at a Beijing research centre, lasted for over five hours, according to the report.

Last month, Microsoft announced huge job cuts - the biggest it had ever undertaken - that would see 18,000 people lose their positions. The Nokia devices business that Microsoft acquired would bear the majority of the brunt of these cuts, Microsoft said.

The protests in China come as the latest in a recent string of troubles for Redmond in the People's Republic. For example, Chinese authorities last week raided four of the software giant's offices in the country, as part of an ongoing anti-trust investigation.

The company has also butted heads with the Chinese government over both labour disputes and security concerns in recent months.