At least 100 people marched through Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong yesterday as part of an ‘anti-locust’ campaign protesting mainland visitors accused of ‘overwhelming the city and hogging its resources’.
SCMP reports that protestors marched from the Star Ferry pier to Canton road, a street filled with luxury good stores popular among mainland tourists, during the 90-minute rally.
Police were forced to intervene when fights broke out between passersby and protestors, who held banners and shouted slogans such as “go back to China” and “reclaim Hong Kong” as they marched.
Some booed and shouted abuse at Putonghua-speaking passers-by. The protesters also shouted abuse at mainland customers inside shops. Some shoppers took pictures while others ignored them. But some Canton Road jewellery shops closed.
Shanghai visitor Ma He said the protesters were disrespectful. “Are they not Chinese themselves? I heard that Hong Kong people were educated and civilised. It seems I was wrong.”
A visitor from Shenzhen said: “We are here to shop. It helps the economy of Hong Kong. I do not understand why they do not welcome us.”
“Locusts” is a pejorative term used by critical Hongkongers to describe mainland tourists. In November of last year the Beijing Metro’s official Weibo account came under fire after referring to crowds of passengers who left the subway in a messy state as a “locust invasion“.
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