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Use of COVID codes to stop Chinese bank protests sparks debate

Depositors’ movements restricted as they sought to demand return of funds

Local authorities in China have created health code systems by collecting personal information and movement records to monitor the risk of COVID infections.

Officials in central China's Henan Province may have violated criminal law by abusing a health code system designed for pandemic control to block the mobility of petitioners swindled in a multibillion-dollar financial scam, a legal expert said.

A social media article that went viral on Monday reported that a number of people across China unexpectedly saw their health codes turn red when they arrived in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, or planned to go there.

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