The vicious locust ad in a local newspaper sponsored by xenophobic netizens in Hong Kong has provoked even more vicious backlash against Hong Kong locals on the mainland. Moderates have become deeply worried about the future of mainland-Hong Kong relations. Chen Yang, a host of Hong Kong Satellite TV and a columnist in Southern Weekly tweets:
My most sincere appeal: stop all attacks based on regionalism immediately! I have lived for over half a century, and I have never seen such irrational and increasingly vicious attacks among the Chinese people based on regionalism. Although fought with words [so far] this is a real pitched battle! This is definitely a bad omen. Public fissures among [regional] groups and such irrationality are disastrous. None one wishes to pay the price for these hurtful words today with a painful reconciliation process of over a hundred years. If you agree, please retweet this. Please!
@香港卫视陈扬 ： 我郑重呼吁：立刻停止一切地域攻击！活了大半个世纪我从来没有见过中国人之间会这样毫无理性地以地域为话题展开越来越尖酸刻薄的相互攻击。文字武斗！这绝对是一个不祥之兆。族群分裂的公开化和非理性化是灾难。谁都不希望用未来上百年痛苦的弥合岁月来为今天的出言不逊赎罪。同意者请转。拜托！
As of the time of publication, there were more than 98,000 retweets.
Here are the Hong Kong locust ad and copycats made by locals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou against outside migrants: