A rally planned by hundreds of bank depositors in central China seeking access to their frozen assets has been stopped since the authorities have turned their health code applications red.
A group of depositors in China’s Henan province registered online to protest against an almost two-month block on accessing $178 million of deposits.
Without a green code on their smartphone app, citizens lose access to public transport and spaces such as restaurants and malls.
Rights groups have warned China could use its vast COVID surveillance infrastructure to stifle dissent.
More than 200 depositors of funds frozen by three banks in China’s Henan province were blocked from accessing their deposits when their health codes turned red, depositors have told Reuters.
Three banks froze deposits on April 18, with all three telling customers they were upgrading internal systems. Some depositors said they knew people who had registered to travel to Henan but whose codes did not turn red.