More and more healthy and deceived people who have received the red code are drawing attention to the misuse of personal data collected through communication research during the pandemic. The system appears to want to block the speakers by accessing their health record and simply changing their Covid status to positive.
Since May, hundreds of people have taken to the streets in cities in Henan province and demanded that the authorities give them access to their deposits that have been frozen in four rural banks. Deposits by financial institutions were frozen in late April, citing fears of a recession. The National Bank of China quickly launched a separate investigation into the banks involved. Moderators were not told how much money was stuck in it.
At the same time, according to the affected groups organized in Chinese social media, this amount amounts to tens of billions of yuan (1 yuan = about 40 HUF). An investigation by the Chinese banking supervision allegedly revealed that they colluded with employees of an investment bank in Henan and advertised investments they could not have made on online platforms. This was followed by a freeze on deposits, which people were not officially informed of.
Big brother is watching vigilantly
Zhang, who owns a small factory, plans to go to the center of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, to take part in a demonstration planned for earlier this week, organized by sacked depositors. On Saturday night, when he looked at the QR code on his phone showing his Covid status, he was surprised to discover that it was set to red, even though he had never had any tests before. The next day he sent his rapid test result – which was negative – authorities. In China, everyone is required to download a QR code to their phone to indicate if someone is infected or otherwise healthy.
Anyone who has contracted the virus and tested positive for the virus will receive a red QR code. Anyone who is presumed to have been in contact with an infected person is yellow and can no longer use public transportation, and a person who tests negative has a green code. In the event of a red light, the person concerned may not take to the streets or leave his apartment under any circumstances. In major malls and train stations, people’s QR codes are checked one by one before they are accepted.
Zhang finally decided to leave to participate in the demonstration. When he arrived in Chengdu and checked his QR code again, it appeared red again. At the next inspection, he was already arrested and taken away by the police.
I and about a dozen others were injured at the police station, where they were interrogated with the bank supervisors and tried to convince us not to protest but to go home. Neither of us was willing to do that.”
– Zhang said, who was eventually taken directly to his home by the police.
There has been serious criticism of the continued mass surveillance in China during the coronavirus pandemic. Many believe that data collected on people can be used illegally by the authorities over time. By the way, even the QR code for depositors who did not plan to demonstrate against the banks suddenly turned red.
In another county, a man living in Hebei received red while sitting peacefully in his home. He called the authorities for three days and then unexpectedly regained his green status again after the first news emerged in Chinese media of QR codes that had infected bank depositors that suddenly turned red.
The South China Morning Newspaper According to the online post, depositors continue to protest because they have no other way left to get their money, which many have accumulated throughout their lives so far and now it seems that all is lost.
(Cover photo: Locals on a China street on June 15, 2022. Photo: Ali Song/Reuters)
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