Bank customers in China face harassment and job losses over protests

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Customers whose deposits have been frozen say they have been pressured by police, Communist Party officials and their employers to stop speaking out.

A woman who was injured on Sunday when security forces violently vandalized a protest of about 1,000 bank customers in central China said she was being harassed.

The 32-year-old woman, named Gang, said she woke up Tuesday morning when a man knocked on her door and found her flat. I have a leak.

“I don’t know how they found me, they came to my house, but it’s in my mother’s name,” said the gang, who, given the sensitivity of the matter, only asked to use her nickname.

She said she threatened to jump out the window if they tried to get in, then hid in her room for three hours because two men in black, whom she could not identify, Standing outside the apartment complex before they came out of a different staircase. .

Other customers of four small banks in Hainan Province, where at least 1.5 1.5 billion in deposits have been frozen since April, have also reported harassment in the case, which has hit a corner of China’s financial sector. I have dramatically exposed the tension.

“This has happened to a lot of investors – they want to clean our phones, they want to take videos and evidence,” said Gang, who, along with his mother, deposited 110,000 yuan ($ 16,354) in a bank. Were rented.

Consumers, who have been increasingly urging attention to their complaints, told Reuters that police, village Communist Party officials and employers had met with them and their families in recent weeks to help them Could be pressured not to protest, including the threat of losing his job.

“The secretary of the village party will go to your house, talk to your family and say you are in trouble,” said a man named Chen, who told foreign media about it. He has been accused of being a spy abroad.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. They used banks to withdraw money legally. Group

The statement did not say whether Lou was among those arrested. The group’s official email address could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hainan Province Police and China’s Ministry of Public Security did not respond to requests for comment.

Although it is unclear whether Henan Bank’s troubles have far-reaching implications, China’s thousands of small and medium-sized lenders are important to the country’s financial sector and have close ties through interbank borrowing channels.

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