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 context on Hong Kong’s history with China, you can watch 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/%E8%A7%86%E9%A2%91-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:
And finally, you can also find our latest articles covering the most recent developments here:
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Vox 18 天 前
UPDATE: Protesters in Hong Kong forced their way into the legislature on July 1, taking over the building on the 22nd anniversary of the city-state’s handover from Britain to China. The occupation is likely a turning point in what have been relatively peaceful - and powerful - demonstrations. Read more: www.vox.com/world/2019/7/1/20677066/hong-kong-protests-legislative-council
Ziho Siu
Ziho Siu 天 前
war is PEACE, lies become the TRUTH now
L HK 天 前
Maggie Lou politics
rwbrooklyn 天 前
They didn't explain why they fought a war. China lost the war to biggest drug dealer at that time. British export millions of ton of heroin to China. When China ban the heroin, British send their warship and soldier to force their port open. British are Pablo Escobar of modern time but with a country backing.
L Steven
L Steven 9 分钟 前
歷史會記得你們嗎 不好意思 歷史--强者和贏家説了算的歷史
China encroaches every where. Even in my small country they are taking over😒😒😒
Werther's Original
Wow, Vox, you must be torn...on one hand you love a good protest, but on the other hand, it's against Communism.
Sgt Boots
Sgt Boots 小时 前
Okay, so because of the political conditions in Hong Kong this guy is getting away with murder. Politics by it's very nature is corrupt.
Alexis Pineda
Alexis Pineda 6 小时 前
The now and future belongs to the young!!! Keep it Strong HK and never forget this: " Liberte, Egalite, Fratenite" And like Simon Bolivar once said, "When Tyranny when becomes the law, rebellion is a right"
Tee Khing Hua
Tee Khing Hua 7 小时 前
We all live in 2019 while Hong Kong is in 2047.
Alex Chang
Alex Chang 7 小时 前
In my opinion the "protesters" are terrorists paid by western agency. Trade war, disputes in South CHINA sea and now HK "protets". Same is Happening currently in IRAN. sad world... time that Asians wake up
Ex plorer
Ex plorer 11 小时 前
Thank you, Vox for explaning.
alfred Jiang
alfred Jiang 18 小时 前
James L
James L 19 小时 前
Meanwhile wiki leak founder (Asange) an Australian citizen unceremonially drag out in public for a disgrace show, full human right for him... no mercy hand over to UK & US overlord for mental and unspecified torture... His democratic government gives total approval, zero complaint Apparently Kidnapping legislature is legal in demoncractic libertarian However their colonial servant HK youths are showing their master strength in bitting off a police officer's finger and conquering shopping malls
Spunk 20 小时 前
Thanks god “nothing” happened
Proxy Mythical
Proxy Mythical 23 小时 前
So they want a tiananmen part 2?
Si Filey
Si Filey 天 前
Western Colonial Oppressors planning the destruction of the Middle East, Africa and East Asia for the past 800 years. China singlehandedly increasing the East Asia economy and prosperity. By 2040 East Asia will dominate global trade by 60% overtaking Europe. And Evil Western Colonial Oppressors wants that destroyed with trade War. Western Post Colonial Oppression Still Exists. People all Over Still Suffer. Malcolm X - "How the White Man Taught You How To Hate Yourself And Your People"
Its Sinneh
Its Sinneh 天 前
USA:We need to stop China Taiwan:C O A L I T I O N USA: wut Taiwan and Japan:C O A L I T I O N USA: NO Taiwan,Japan, Hong Kong and Tibet:C O A L I T I O N USA:NO WE ARE NOT ATTACKING CHINA Literally most of the world:C O A L I - USA:OK WE ARE ATTACKING CHINA
matt song
matt song 天 前
China is China,not Europe or American!!!
Its Sinneh
Its Sinneh 天 前
As a Scot who never got their independence I hope you do! ✊🏻🇭🇰
Lauren D
Lauren D 天 前
Only a few minutes in: why can't you charge someone for murder, even if they did it in another country? What kind of bizarre loophole is that? If someone travels to any country in the world and murders them, they should be tried in their home country no??
Shine Huang
Shine Huang 天 前
The base of two systems is one country.
Belang Chen
Belang Chen 天 前
Ultimate Classic
When the protesters took the council building, they had the chance to force the ceding of government into their hands. I fear not doing so will have serious consequences in their fight for autonomy.
Aying roy
Aying roy 天 前
Ash lily
Ash lily 天 前
Ugh I just hate it when it happens to my home......
Imran Khan
Imran Khan 天 前
Why Hollywood movies mostly One chines actor because chines market Hollywood leak chines 👢
Imran Khan
Imran Khan 天 前
Vox Also chines paid Actor 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Imran Khan
Imran Khan 天 前
HONG kong people future chines slaves
Imran Khan
Imran Khan 天 前
HONG kong Next chines colony... 😂😂😂😂china destroyed HONG kong Democracy and freedom no one stop china today...
jwang604 天 前
Hong Kong should hold a referendum for independence.
LE XA 天 前
Dont complains lah !! I'm so tired global registered sales or attribute protest. hk prospects dramatic,talk to much loyal subsidy contract.pro-indonesia legally program admitted KTKLN and taiwan net down company.
afkar ahamed
afkar ahamed 天 前
Support to Hong Kong but American try to separate Hong Kong because of trade war China told correct conclusions to that killer because that killer killed her in Taiwan so they are asking him to come for investigation
李哈哈 天 前
简洁点 不要扭曲事实!
Gen.salsalani Rubat
i hope this will be going to Area 51
Benjamin Valerio
Guan Qing
Guan Qing 天 前
I've heard l lot of the phrase `The power of people`, but I never heard of someone say to me `The wisdom of people`.
peterlhs18 天 前
The rest of the world are rooting for you Hong Kong . It's your home country and future
Koko Hekumatiaru
我作为一个中国人,支持香港人,支持他们集会反抗不利于自己的法律,因为这是他们自己的法律赋予他们的权利。 但是我讨厌这个视频里面,关于清朝与英国战争的描述,是英国入侵清朝政府,逼迫签订的条约,前后还有日本,美国,法国,意大利,等等国家,这是入侵,是英国的舰队开到中国海域,向中国倾销商品,鸦片的战争。 就像这些"发达国家"入侵非洲,美洲一样,有句经典的话说的好。 包括我在内,有很多中国人喜欢现在的国家体制,共产党,尽管中国法律不是完美的,就像其他很多国家一样,有很多不好的地方。 那些说共产党不好的人,你的良心不会痛吗?上世纪反抗日本侵略的时候,国民党,共产党,军阀,各种势力都牺牲了很多人的,国民党打不过共产党,自己败走台湾。 2008我爷爷去世的时候,火化出了好几颗子弹,但他从没告诉我自己的光荣事迹,这些老兵反抗日本侵略的功劳就可以被各种媒体否认掉吗?这种和平来之不易。 我,不希望中国动乱。 另外,我没有任何党派背景。 "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Gla Drut
Gla Drut 天 前
To quote from US government "if you don't like it, you can leave."
Its Sinneh
Its Sinneh 天 前
Gla Drut no get the comment section now
sally smith
sally smith 天 前
stay strong Hong Kong.
Ruzindana Jean -Marie
"Dictators cannot survive for long without disarming the people and regimes like Belges , how to run away from it & escape been killed ?.....
RayHulala Hula
RayHulala Hula 2 天 前
The Vox is consistently to blur the fact that HK is part of China. Vox also includes irrelevant pictures about China to try to mislead the audience. If the violence happened in HK would happen in any western country, I doubt if the US or UK law enforcement would be as constrained as HK ones.
若清风雨水 2 天 前
2 young sometimes naive
Sakil Mahmood
Sakil Mahmood 2 天 前
Make hong kong free from china
SS Gallagher
SS Gallagher 2 天 前
Don’t thread on us.
大大喜 2 天 前
Vijay 1630
Vijay 1630 2 天 前
Love and support Hong Kong from India. 🇮🇳🇭🇰
Vijay 1630
Vijay 1630 天 前
@Jigsaw cough cough baluchistan
Jigsaw 2 天 前
Vijay 1630 cough cough KASHMIR
B C 2 天 前
Hong Kong needs to vote for its own president. Form a military and country. Or borrow military from the US to fight the mainland.
Maria Lai Alesova
Thank you for explaining me this 😁👍🙏
Wasdz 2 天 前
what ever happened to the guy who murdered his girlfriend? if there's a winner in this story it's him. If he got away with it that is.