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: eswomen.com/id/v%C3%ADdeo-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 Hace 16 días
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
David Ma
David Ma Hace 12 horas
@Keranie Wong well, violance doesn't bring anything good. Violance will be replied with violance. So don't cry when violance land on the protestors. If you hurt a cop, what would you expect the cop do. Besides I have seen the protestors behave like bully and thugs. by all means not all, but some. Which is enough to question the validity of these protest.
Dq L
Dq L Hace 14 horas
@Trash Can that's typically a western speech...
Keranie Wong
Keranie Wong Hace 22 horas
@David Ma There have been peaceful protests. Been there, done that. The government just doesn't care. Now they even want to install CCTV cameras in HK that would monitor our every move and even score us base on what we say in the media. Its ridiculous.
Keranie Wong
Keranie Wong Hace 22 horas
@terry green I have been to China. Doesn't mean I trust the CPC and Hong Kong government at all. P.S.: what does traveling to China have anything to do with this protest anyways?
AMS93 Hace un hora
This makes me angry... Why can't China accept the fact that they can't rule it all... HK has his own system, own language, own education etc. China sees HK as a big business to earn money. China only sees economical benefits. So sad... GO HK!!! Don't be silenced.
说别人五毛的都是领民主经费的 Hace 3 horas
Keep being fool 6.30 the Police support movement, where is it then? Thank god we Chinese playing the game of politics with dozens of fools
Danzel Tifa Grey
Danzel Tifa Grey Hace 6 horas
be strong Hongkong we're on your side always
Raymond Hace 8 horas
But Hong Kong people....are from china. Is written in the history. Hong Kong people are Chinese even if you don't like being called Chinese...your Chinese, is a fact.
M N F Hace 4 horas
During those 99 years, they were technically members of the British empire. All the behavior and customs adapted by them. So even though they're from Chinese roots, they're more British deep down.
30611 L
30611 L Hace 10 horas
san ran
san ran Hace 10 horas
Why didn't you fight before 1997? You are just slaves of your GB master,lol
KE KE Hace 16 horas
Tell you a short joke- young people of HK
Salman Haider
Salman Haider Hace 17 horas
yeah again Britain !!
Paz Walker
Paz Walker Hace 18 horas
Hong kong should be next Singapore.
zhuoyang zou
zhuoyang zou Hace 18 horas
such students are so easy to be impact, 70% of them even know nothing about the new law.
Qiao Hong
Qiao Hong Hace 21 un hora
Why everybody want to demonize China?Who said the democracy is the only right way? Have you people ever lived in China? I do, and I trust China's legal system. People's Republic of China does have some shortcomings but which country does not? I have a pretty good life in China and I think I got enough freedom in my life. Chinese government is not the evil that you think.
Gouzai Shi
Gouzai Shi Hace 22 horas
dont let the protestor feel so arrogant
Chin gu Yummie's Channel
Chin gu Yummie's Channel Hace un día
Is this hapening there ohhh my goshhh...
abdeenn3 Hace un día
Bunches of loser who are against anything about China but worship the Old Colonial Master. Let see what the future will bring. Hong Kong, you are declining by day, by month and by year.
Harvey An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Royce
Harvey An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Royce Hace un día
HK has fallen due to China not honouring the agreement. 6:07 Thats all the video needed to say. It's over.
二木 Hace un día
papasult y
papasult y Hace un día
*Britain is so proud of you*
Chè Whit_
Chè Whit_ Hace 22 horas
Alex H Yong
Alex H Yong Hace un día
the last half minute puts me on the edge of tears
zhang ge
zhang ge Hace un día
龙丹丹 Hace un día
why do not introduce us more about the bill itself?that matters most because we need to make it clear whether central government obey the agreement and whether exceed its power.we must figure out what the fact is then we can make judgements.
Muslim Furry
Muslim Furry Hace un día
Who come here because of no idea animation video
ou l
ou l Hace un día
Let these violence go to us and UK, haha
Just Clowning
Just Clowning Hace un día
Good luck Hong Kong ...... 🇺🇸 hopes you succeed!
Arsbek Bek
Arsbek Bek Hace un día
now i know that the true ruler of the world not USA nether USSR. it was and still UK. Named GREAT britain by itself with a old grandma QUEEN. and English language thats why spread woldwide instead of USSRs russians. they destroyed USSR internal trough traitors Gorbachev and Yeltcin. the small Island colonized huge lands. thats interesting.
terry green
terry green Hace un día
I just don't think their protest is as rightful as they say. Cause I know that Hongkong people travel a lot to mainland. The visit count is 10 times of their 7 million population. So if they feel constrained or unsafe in mainland and do not trust their legal system, they should not go there. From my perspective, China has many extradition treaties with other countries, and Hongkong is basically a province of China. If sending a criminal to mainland is wrong and can not passed by this "province". Then it only proves one thing (TOO MUCH FREEDOM).The protester want to get more freedom, but instead, they proved that mainland gave them too much freedom.
Chi Pang Cheung
Chi Pang Cheung Hace un día
Please support Hong Kong
Tianyang Guo
Tianyang Guo Hace un día
zhengyu lu
zhengyu lu Hace un día
The Chinese govenment give HK 50 years... to get used of China's rule, becoming more similar to other part of China, not opposite. my question is, even if HK now suceed, becoming more unique, what will you do in 2047? will you ready to change everything in one night?
zhengyu lu
zhengyu lu Hace un día
@Chris Todorovski at that time, China leader even not think about catch up, they really want to learn from HK, and believe 50 years later, China will become more similar to HK. but situation changes fast, HK nolonger teacher but a trouble to the Chinese Gov. Even Deng Xiaoping didn't expect this.
Chris Todorovski
Chris Todorovski Hace un día
the original purpose of the 50 years was to let china catch up to hong kong.
Kayley Tse
Kayley Tse Hace un día
I love ur channel but I live in hk and the protesters are being very violent and rude u should look at the recent protest carefully they are being violent even when the law is cancelled
Little G Lin
Little G Lin Hace un día
Behind the scene is not the video surface, the author just chooses the negative side.
Chris Todorovski
Chris Todorovski Hace un día
dont even get wdym
Linsheng Chiang
Linsheng Chiang Hace un día
山色知残雨墙阴觉暮天 Hace un día
Sophia Robinson
Sophia Robinson Hace un día
🇺🇸I think the objection to the Sending-in Regulation is just the beginning. Their ultimate aim is to make Hong Kong independent.
Linsheng Chiang
Linsheng Chiang Hace un día
If so it's not about democracy.
Dustin Patrick Peters
Dustin Patrick Peters Hace un día
To all Hong Kongers, get out of Hong Kong while you r not completely controlled by China
Dustin Patrick Peters
Dustin Patrick Peters Hace un día
I mean in the year 2047 that China may take total control over Hong Kong
Slembe Man
Slembe Man Hace un día
Go where then? HK is their home
MCPEreports Hace un día
fuck your comments
fuck your comments Hace 2 días
Lol 80%of Hong Kong economy depends on China. If China was really as bad as they make it sound. Hong Kong will be a third world country by now
Lin Linus
Lin Linus Hace 2 días
Hongkong has nothing to fear but fear itself.
Spartacus Roma
Spartacus Roma Hace 2 días
Of course China won’t wait, just look at them buildings islands in international waters...
Brandon Sambrano
Brandon Sambrano Hace 2 días
I wonder how that one guy feels for starting all this
Chris Todorovski
Chris Todorovski Hace un día
@Fan Yang because of the hong kong government's negligence. there are other ways to solve that problem.
Fan Yang
Fan Yang Hace 2 días
Brandon Sambrano I guess he feels happy since he won’t be brought back to Taiwan facing a death penalty.
ssttd Hace 2 días
A place that was never democratic before 1997 is talking about going back to before 1997 and pursuing democracy. In a planet where everyone is chasing independence, there are people who want to go back to former colonies. Use your violence of Hongkong protestors, let the world see what you did. We are all happy you doing that way.
W W Hace 2 días
British took Hong Kong island and Kowloon and leased the New Territories. To say British leased Hong Kong is incorrect.
J F Woods
J F Woods Hace un día
Yes, quite correct and good of you to post it! Thanks.
king rooo
king rooo Hace 2 días
it's a good time for u gives to join uk
xot98 Hace 2 días
2:39...ceding Hong Kong for a period of 99 years... *sigh* does she even know what she is saying? Hard to watch past this ignorance. Part of Hong Kong was ceded (given *forever*) and part was leased for 99 years.
xot98 Hace un día
@zhengyu lu I was talking about the English definition of cede.
zhengyu lu
zhengyu lu Hace un día
Hi you are so naive... after WWII UK was falling, have no power to keep the Colony. Let UK leave while 99 year ends was a deal, China Maintain a decent face of UK, and UK make no trouble, pass the HK smoothly. if UK ask some part forever... China will kick them out by force.
Malcom X
Malcom X Hace 2 días
Always Remember America and Britan like to Divide and Rule...Their democracy means weak and corrupt govt...Never get Influence by them.
Beloved Bee
Beloved Bee Hace 2 días
Now i understand. Thank you. I hope they win their fight.. If not its time for them to move.
you tube
you tube Hace 2 días
Another opinion news claiming himself ‘explaining’ the facts, but actually spreading ideas, shame on you
R Hace 2 días
Free China! Free Hong Kong! Free Tibet! Free Taiwan!
Linsheng Chiang
Linsheng Chiang Hace un día
This is exactly why you antagonize Chinese. And you do that nasty stuff in the name of Free.
Skywalker Hace 2 días
So British made sure the two upcoming super powers China and India have internal issues, hmm..interesting.
GayBaka Hace 9 horas
@Chè Whit_ Most if not all European countries have a better standard of living that China and India.
Salman Haider
Salman Haider Hace 17 horas
the land is called kashmir
Chè Whit_
Chè Whit_ Hace 21 un hora
@Lols Mo in what ways are some Europeans countries more developed than China?? Truly confused here
Sidztravelblog Hace 2 días
99% of the world's problems was created by the Great Britain
san ran
san ran Hace 10 horas
absolutely right
Keiron Stephens
Keiron Stephens Hace 20 horas
Your British masters taught you democracy ! Be grateful they graced you with their advanced ways.
E JUN Hace un día
TheAtom¡CRose _ yeah and killed hundreds of thousands Africans and Indians
Sidztravelblog Hace un día
@TheAtom¡CRose _ Lol Countries like China and India are far more advanced and powerful than Britain which has been today reduced to a tiny island...our country's exponential growth shows that we could develop our own tech which would be far more advanced than the ones you gave us inorder to loot our country of it's wealth and natural resources.
Wynn Xiao
Wynn Xiao Hace 2 días
I know this has become a political issue however can’t help but wonder what is the feeling who’s parents of that pregnant lady that has been killed by the boyfriend. So the boyfriend has a jail free card because of this? Can someone explain to me?
Sassymestreet Hace 2 días
I find it ridiculous how in this video, it uses “pro-democracy” vs “pro-China”. And also the border is between the mainland and Hong Kong, not “China and Hong Kong”. I respect the people’s right to peacefully protest. But what’s happening now in Hong Kong is violent. Many innocent police officers are getting hurt. The method the protesters are taking can’t be encouraged. After all, Hong Kong is a city of China. Not only by politics, but also getting economic and living support from the mainland. I have friends from Hong Kong, but I was also swore at by a Hongkongnese for being Chinese. Issues like these are far more complicated than what the protesters have got to say. Media has strong power and they know it. But the audience can sometimes be unaware of the media’s influence. Please make sure, at least, you get your geography right before you tell a sensitive story like this. Stop being manipulative.
J j
J j Hace 2 días
Lego structure is wrong they are Not all pro Beijing, do your homework ! N they are Not all corporations, more are professional bodies. Dont fool ppl.
Chris Todorovski
Chris Todorovski Hace un día
and uh it explains clearly that a lot of those seats are pro beijing
Chris Todorovski
Chris Todorovski Hace un día
michaelwumol Hace 2 días
Lair. Little group of commitees who are selected by HK people
康卓 Hace 2 días
binxin chen
binxin chen Hace 2 días
what a pretty riot😂
Sarah Sukaimi
Sarah Sukaimi Hace 2 días
*my last braincell still processing informations*
Mark Zhou
Mark Zhou Hace 2 días
For a very long period before 1997, Hong Kong has no democracy under UK. If the change of 1997 never happened, do you believe Hong Kong would get more autonomy than now?
Mark Zhou
Mark Zhou Hace 2 días
@Saajidh Your conclusion has no logic or evidence. Do you know UK has more than 10 colonies now?
Saajidh Hace 2 días
@Mark Zhou In this day and age yes. They will get compelled to considering the current political climate and from international pressure
Mark Zhou
Mark Zhou Hace 2 días
@Saajidh Like United States, India, Egypt? Do you believe UK will give freedom for free?
Saajidh Hace 2 días
Eventually yeah, like every other colony of the UK
Steven Guo
Steven Guo Hace 2 días
It's a good thing that under British gov't every 'HKer' is quiet and obedient and productive, I think British 'democracy' largely contributed to it. It is funny when HK people think west does not have a tendency on press and news sector and everyone has a say in choosing their leader. In China, you have no freedom of speech, you cant protest against the gov't. In the US, you can and somebody does, and you will end up being charged with defamation and end up in prison anyway. The only difference here is that US is still stronger than China and probs still better at telling lies than most of countries.
ewilddog Hace 2 días
i really don't get this, the law is about extradition which many many countries have in the world, if Hong Kong wants to be viewed as an independent nation, I think this is what they are trying to achieve here, cuz none of them will admit they are Chinese, then this is something as a nation should consider, if not, then you are basically encouraging your nationals to commit crime overseas then come back because your homeland will protect you? And there's been no mentioning of how the murderer should get trialed but somehow made this into a Hong Kong vs mainland independence argument? it's not even related, and for those that are protesting so much about Hong Kong potentially "fallen", how's that even relevant to this case? I just want to know what happened to the murderer and what's Hong Kong government prepared to do about it? I mean if you are a law biding citizen, extradition or not, why would it bother you? Plus the guy killed someone in Taiwan, not even mainland China, I really don't understand how they make this into an issue with China, i mean extradition law will not be limited to just China only right? And the logic don't even make sense here, what if someone from Hong Kong killed someone in China or vise versa, someone from China killed someone in Hong Kong? What's going to happen then? Just forget about it because Hong Kong desperately don't want to be associated with China? And what about other nations that Hong Kong deals with? If any crime gets committed, what's going to be the solution? Honestly, to me if anyone that should be protesting, it should be Taiwan, the man committed murder on their soil and they can't do anything about it because no extradition in place, then somehow he manage to fly back to his homeland, next thing you know, you have the whole nation's hothead trying to protect him for their rights??? A women died here, how's that related to a nation's future or how's that even a democracy argument? What are you going to say to the women's family? And she's pregnant with a child, I don't know about other countries but here in the states, the guy would be charged with first degree murderer without a doubt plus he already admitted to the crime, he would be looking at life sentence possibly without parole too, and here we are everyone arguing about independence against mainland China, what happened to all these people's senses? Please tell me the guy has been arrested and being charged and trialed for murder? Cuz no news media in HK seems to care?
Wynn Xiao
Wynn Xiao Hace 2 días
ewilddog totally agree with you. After I watched this video the thing only that got me thinking is so what are they planning to do with the murderer? So the murderer can have a jail free card? It feels very weird if that’s democracy to Hong Kongers. Also what are they planning to do in 2047? I thought their future is to return China in 2047 according to the agreement? Sounds like all this youngsters planning to fight against the government again in 2047 in their forties or move to Atlantic Ocean, haha. Not sure how this really solve any problem. 🤔
pablo honey
pablo honey Hace 2 días
Some people nowadays like being colonized
Paulo 98
Paulo 98 Hace 2 días
So, where did the murderer go?
ZQ Pang
ZQ Pang Hace 2 días
威 李
威 李 Hace 3 días
Euhundra Hace 3 días
Don't blame the protestors. Blame Carry Lam for waiting until the protestors to get violent to scrap the bill. Essentially sending the message, "Violent protests are what's required to get us to do something." Which manipulates the protestors to continue violence, attempts to get the international community to side with Carry Lam. One of the most disgusting strategies I've ever seen. How to manipulate democracy 101 - annihilating dissenting voices by making your opponent produce actions of negative sympathy.
Fair & Square Justice
Fair & Square Justice Hace 3 días
Arrest all these protesters, and send them to labour camps in China! Why should you worry about extradition law if you do not commit any serious crimes in China? Does Hong Kong has extradition laws with UK or US?
Apollo Hace 3 días
Yeah! Arrest 1/7 of the population and give communism more power and allow them to falsely arrest democrats!
Mosen Wong
Mosen Wong Hace 3 días
Can you make a subjective report and display different views?
Lion 4U
Lion 4U Hace 3 días
subjective and different views hahahaha
T S Hace 3 días
HK's on dead row
Jonathan Mui
Jonathan Mui Hace 3 días
everytime i watch whats going on in hk it just makes me want to cry... I don't want my home to be destroyed... and my people to be hurt...
7/11 WAS A PART TIME JOB Hace un día
I'm Japanese and I am happy to see Hong Kong destroyed. I want to see the protestors use guns to defend themselves from police brutality. All police must be killed so HK can have freedom :D
Jonathan Mui
Jonathan Mui Hace 3 días
刘贾 Hace 3 días
As a 30-year-old Chinese, I just finished my postgraduate studies from a university in Hong Kong. To be honest, I really don’t like the castration standards of the mainland. As a result, our news is blocked. What I understand is the truth that the government let me know, but My salary level has really advanced by leaps and bounds, and the quality of life has improved a lot. Compared with Hong Kong people, it seems like we don’t have the power to resist anything. It seems that we are used to living under such a form. I certainly respect everyone’s decision,but what I have to say is that young people in Hong Kong need to work harder, not just shouting slogans. They need down-to-earth efforts, and they need the local strength in the economic, technological, and industrial chains. People who can change something may be on the street. Politics is really complicated, but life is real, it’s our own. Our generation is actually trying to change something, I do love China, because it’s my country, I also hate the policyholders, hope you guys can understand my standpoint.
Billy Chung
Billy Chung Hace 3 días
They are talking about democracy but you ask working harder. I dont get it. You mean democracy(especially freedom of speech) and strength of the economy are incompatible?
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