Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

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Correction at 7:48: The protester says “They are not doing this for themselves, but for the future of Hong Kong.”
Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the bill is meant to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a safe haven for fugitives. But its opponents fear that Hong Kong would be exposed to China’s flawed judicial system, which would lead to further erasure of the city’s judicial independence.
At first Lam was determined to move forward with the bill. But after a series of massive protests, she announced she would “indefinitely suspend” the bill. But protesters aren't accepting the suspension, and have started demanding its complete withdrawal. They've also begun calling for Lam’s resignation.
But this rise in tensions is about a lot more than a bill. To understand why this bill hits a nerve with Hongkongers, it's important to understand Hong Kong’s relationship with China - and exactly how the bill would tip the scales in China’s favor.
Watch this video to understand the news coming out of Hong Kong and the history that led up to this moment.
For more watch Episode one of our Vox Borders Hong Kong episodes here:
And for even more context on Hong Kong’s history with Britain you can watch another one of our Vox Borders Hong Kong episodes here: cnvid.net/video/视频-StW7oGSR_Mg.html
If you want to get real nerdy you can read Hong Kong’s Basic Law (their mini Constitution) here:
You can also read the Sino-British Joint Declaration that defined Hong Kong when the British handed it back to China in 1997 here: www.gov.cn/english/2007-06/14/content_649468.htm
And the extradition law introduced in Hong Kong that has sparked massive protests here:
Here is a piece reported by the New York Times on the latest from Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's leader:
Here are some additional resources regarding Hong Kong’s democracy and political make-up:
books.google.com/books?id=ZDubDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=Reunification, Patriotism, and Political Disorder: From 1997 to 2017 "underground front"&source=bl&ots=vn4zdV2FSi&sig=ACfU3U2yyYBTZ0hFfWC6y9oYS4YzxY6UDg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjVgcDv5eziAhXQg-AKHV4EB9sQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
And finally, you can also find our latest articles covering the most recent developments here:
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Vox 3 个月 前
UPDATE 8/22/19: Last weekend saw the largest peaceful march in Hong Kong since the start of the protests. Organizers say roughly 1.7 million people marched on the streets of Hong Kong. Vox's daily podcast, Today, Explained, breaks down the situation and its most recent developments: 👉 Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3pXx5SXzXwJxnf4A5pWN2A 👉 Listen on Apple Podcasts: applepodcasts.com/todayexplained 👉 Listen on Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/today-explained/e/63398553
rdj dwm
rdj dwm 6 小时 前
*Popcorn! Popcorn! Free popcorn here!*
Danny Tan
Danny Tan 天 前
林壑 中国媒体不可也是断章取义妖魔化香港示威?五十步笑百步
Yueying Lee
Yueying Lee 天 前
Vox Is it bad I live in hk?
张艺琛 天 前
@王小艺 中国万岁
전수호 5 小时 前
free hong kong! save us...
Abg Cute
Abg Cute 5 小时 前
That's why he killed her there because of the NO EXTRADITION LAW
Truth Speak
Truth Speak 5 小时 前
what a liar for vote.
marissa godell
marissa godell 6 小时 前
Whats the use of their legislative if hongkong still under the mainlands control.
David Z
David Z 6 小时 前
haha, their violence protest won't succeed anyway, since it doesn't cause any harm to mainland China but only to their own city, today's Chinese government is powerful enough to handle it, color revolution is impossible, stop trying to use the same approach as which in USSR. 💪🇨🇳
ben bundidsilp
ben bundidsilp 7 小时 前
they will pull out the tanks soon better run
J X 7 小时 前
Look at “peaceful” in November 2019
F T 8 小时 前
weakness... they can't be compare to Philippine "People Power" movement...
Jess G
Jess G 9 小时 前
i don't know if you guys noticed but deomocracy has a positive to nations just look at hong kong it looks beautiful compared to other cities in china under socialist rule
zipper and zopper
zipper and zopper 10 小时 前
Hong Kongers are watching you.... watch out mean comments to Hong Kong..
Pajamboy 11 小时 前
7:44 wait whats up with the shirts? Are shoe companies sponsoring the protesters? I see reebok, nike, puma and 2 adida shirts in this shot. Just a little interesting, maybe it's just a coincidence, idk.
Eileen Lin
Eileen Lin 11 小时 前
"They are bleeding you Of every right we've ever earned Until we have nowhere to turn They add fuel to the fire"
beserk 12 小时 前
Half a million Hong Kongers Britain take japan back or China or whatever I wonder what would it be if Britain didn't make the agreement and didn't have China or japan back
tony Xu
tony Xu 12 小时 前
Why protest starting transform into violence against Hong Kong people who still love China. Protesters started invade Universities in Hon Kong. Even put fire on the police? This isn’t simply be a protest. It’s already could be considered as an organized riot. I do not think to attack the people simply cuz they have different options with you would be a right way to achieve “Freedom”.
lana layma
lana layma 13 小时 前
*что **-я собственно могу думать вообще-если я могу ошибаться-в тех оценках происходящего в мире и в частности в этом городе свободы-когда они простые жители города-не хотят того-что хочет власть их автономии и власть страны как китай-да трудно всем кто всегда выбирает свободу и демократию и свободную конкуренцию чем диктат-выбрать что то одно-** в их стремлении-но мне кажется и я думаю о том как можно-повторить бостонское чаепитие с товарами из китая и почему докеры портов гонконга-не имеют или не хотят иметь контактов с докерами портов из китая -что бы те поддержали их в их борьбе за свои права Этот пост подлежит срочному переводу на все языки стран указаных в посте ниже-начинайте действовать-не замедлительно-поддержите тех-кто этого достоин в их желании победить*
lana layma
lana layma 12 小时 前
*могла ли власть китая- создать конкурента гонконгу только для того **-что бы не учитывать даже интелектуальный потенциал специалистов ит технологий и сео гонконга-** но учитывать вероятно производственные возможности тайваня и насколько триады китая и тайваня а так же власть гонконга сейчас глухи к тому-что бы не слышать голос простых людей-которые годами жили в автономии Великой Британии -той страны которая дала больше их ? Вот в чем быть может конфликт их интересов всех Но тут в этом может выигрывать и будут выигрывать другие это Индия и проигрывать все и Китай и Тайвань очень скоро и Гонконг -водяной дракон скажет свое слово и его все услышат -но тогда будет уже для них поздно*
Yurii Cherkasov
Yurii Cherkasov 15 小时 前
My deepest respect and support to Hong Kong protesters from Russia, and wish them make Chinese totalitarian state pay ultimate price for taking one's freedom. I revoke my plans to ever visit China, I do not consider Chinese supporters human-being, and believe these non-human have right to live as much as rabid dogs do.
Oxy Clean
Oxy Clean 16 小时 前
Killing in the name of
teng san
teng san 17 小时 前
If they go on like this, believe me, they are the next Syria
teng san
teng san 17 小时 前
Is killing and burning justice
jacob carolan
jacob carolan 19 小时 前
They need second amendment rights to put their government in its place. Communism is evil and those imposing it should be destroyed without exemptions. Best wishes from America, always send it.
陈广 20 小时 前
This is an American trick.
陈子阳 22 小时 前
I hope that you can see the real news in countries without freedom of the press. The bad guys will always be the ones who complain first.
Sinoxolo Makhawula
Sinoxolo Makhawula 22 小时 前
So in china im assuming people are not allowed to protest like those in hong Kong??
peey64 Liu
peey64 Liu 天 前
I live in hk, and my friend almost got hit by a brick while passing by protesters. Pls don’t come at me I just want to tell y’all the things these protestors do. (Setting people on fire) (destroying infrastructure) (throwing bricks at children)
couch potato
couch potato 天 前
I go to school in Beijing and whenever someone wears black everyone is like "OmG yOu KnOw YoU'rE sUpPoRtInG tHe HoNg KoNg PrOtEsTs?"
Jaimi Jaimi
Jaimi Jaimi 天 前
I suport hongkongers,💪💪💪
대한민국미국 꼭두각시 인형
American hegemony has a foundation that funds hostile countries of the United States, including the independence of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, xinjiang and Tibet. It gives money to those unemployed civilians and thugs to plot sabotage. This is the color revolution of the United States
Sprang Productions
ĪcêZ6 天 前
When I saw how big China was then I looked at Hong Kong I was like ._.
пиздец 天 前
I support China on this one.
Hostility 天 前
Just carpet bomb the city
EeDymon Nij
EeDymon Nij 天 前
I feel like Hong Kong's people fight China to indefinitely show them that they want to be free. It's not about the bill or the murder, just in general, they dont want to be China's doll house.
michael emerson
Not trying to bring up politics but people in America need to realise this is why we were given the right to own weapons in America.
Porschen Hund
Porschen Hund 20 小时 前
Giving weapons to Hong Kongers will only accelerate an avoidable war. Style of war is very different from hundreds of years ago. Be like water. They did their best to pressure CCP without shooting a bullet.
offtv50Hz 天 前
Of coz I don’t wish them it , but they are going to become a slaves if they don’t do something about it . With out freedom of speech and regime for China is more easy to control ppl . My gf is Chinese and I can see how China washed her brain badly. Fight HONG KONG ,don’t give up !
Faithful Nart
Americans love Hong Kong, people around the world love Hong Kong!!!
陈广 20 小时 前
the government of American is evil.
eker trion
eker trion 天 前
All I want to know is what happen to murderer?
George PPS
George PPS 天 前
Sorry but it's factually false to say that China rented or let Britain borrow Hong Kong for 99 years. Hong Kong was ceded to Britain forever in the treaty, but later China threated to destroy Hong Kong if Britain doesn't hand it over.
SoMyeong Lee
SoMyeong Lee 天 前
Go Hong Kong
Javonica Sapp
What about the woman who was murdered? Will her and her family get justice?
A QI 3
A QI 3 15 小时 前
Will prince doody pants get punishment who knows yes yes believe
hu hu
hu hu 天 前
People still don't know this whole thing was orchestrated by the mobs
Kaustav BZ
Kaustav BZ 天 前
Bad luck indeed for Hong Kong to be near to China.
Alejandro Fernandez
Can you all talk about how one of the main leaders of the Hong Kong protest Joshua Wong is mentored by ultra conservative U.S Senator Marco Rubio and is being nominated by Rubio for a Nobel peace prize. Or how Hong Kong has extradition bills in place with 20 other countries even its former colonizer U.K.
Kafka KiBo
Kafka KiBo 天 前
Too Distant
Too Distant 天 前
china can either bend the knee or create another massacre
-Nerdygirl601 -
Just an update: the extradition bill has not been passed but protests have continued and are becoming riots. It’s interesting seeing this play out in person especially because we are debating this in model Congress at my school
-Nerdygirl601 -
peey64 Liu i live in America and the way the club works is a student creates a bill and we debate wether to pass it. A student made a bill to debate on if we get involved (America) or not. That’s what the bill is about. I’m not for it obviously and I’m glad it’s not a real bill. But that’s what I was meaning when I said debate and that’s how I knew the update on the bill. Sorry for the misunderstanding but I understand your view
peey64 Liu
peey64 Liu 天 前
-Nerdygirl601 - u shouldn’t be debating about this, this is a highly controversial topic and it separates families that have different opinions. I hope you tell this to your principal or your teacher
Christian Svendsen
Anyone who wants freedom from Beijing deserves it.
Soccer Timeline
Soccer Timeline 2 天 前
I wonder how happiness when HK under Britain ❤️ not under the red Devil 🇨🇳💩 is very darkness
H Yongkongkelep Chang
Their right is only up to 2047 so it is for them only not for next generation the Britishers had left long before but they still colonize u mentally. Time to wake up HongKonger.
Te Chao
Te Chao 2 天 前
just like the US, big corporations has a huge influence over the politics, money speaks.
Fatalbutterfly 2 天 前
I really hope other country will also do this in near future or now. This great Exsample people should follow dont let goverment control the people thanks to the people they exits. Didint the franse also not did this back in the days they didn't accept the people who where king and queen and took there power from them, now this time it Hong Kong who show use the real power of there country they think about the future and dont want to lose by lie from the huger up. I do wish this happend in the country i live in
William Wang
William Wang 2 天 前
It's so bizarre, why China grow strong ,then will over Hong Kong???Hong Kong is not a part of China??? SO they want what?
bebo7002 2 天 前
I bet the people of Hong Kong would love the second amendment
Jonny Oliveira
Jonny Oliveira 5 小时 前
Yes genius, turning a democratic protest into a Milicia would not give china an excuse to invade inforce. But that won't be a problem at all, a Civil War wouldn't cause irreparable damages at all and a bunch of untrained civilias could definetively put of a fight agains the Chinese army :)
Dmytro Kovalskyy
Now is the time for U.S. to stand with Hong Kong!
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William Wang
William Wang 2 天 前
everyone like money, no need too long,more and more hongkong people will go to mainland
Andy Liu
Andy Liu 2 天 前
Many countries know the truth behind the current situation in Hong Kong. Let us take a look at the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and other Arab countries. All civilized, advanced, human and glorious things have been destroyed. The whole society seems to have returned to the Middle Ages. It is caused by the interference and destruction of these countries by the Western forces through the so-called democratic revolution.
Avesa 2 天 前
USA must help to Hongkong!!They fight for Freedom!!!
Shevanny Maureen
好感動,希望我能做什麼,把我的鼓勵送給你們。 加油大家!
OverlordGaming 2 天 前
Power resides where people believe it resides with. However in reality, the true power resides with the people who stand united against corrupt governments. I 100% support Hong Kong's fight for freedom. People won't remember the brave souls who fight against oppression but History will remember their actions
Lu Kim
Lu Kim 2 天 前
I don’t get it??? The Young people in Hong Kong don’t even know what happened in the history? How could you live?if China don’t give you the economy, there are so many people in China go to Hong Kong to buy things and support them......
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