Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

  • Published: 22 June 2019
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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: teamrock.pro/user/watch?v=StW7oGSR_Mg

    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: 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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Comments • 21 161

  • Vox
    Vox   2 months back

    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.

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    • Chichang Wu
      Chichang Wu  4 days back

      How about you guys talk about the recent catalan protests....there is no real freedom and this is closer to your home....in europe the democtratic europe...dont judge others while the same thing is happening in europe

    • Jowella Calixtro
      Jowella Calixtro  6 days back

      We are going to HK this coming October 18, 2019. I'm worried.

    • Mark NightWolf
      Mark NightWolf  7 days back

      @Sharon Tate go blow xi

    • Mark NightWolf
      Mark NightWolf  7 days back

      More like 3 million

  • Deborah Chambers
    Deborah Chambers  1 hours back

    Listen, right now the people are not protesting against the bill. Right now they are protesting against the way they were treated because of protesting. They want freedom of speech.  
    Not only that, I want you all to know that part of the protesting is also for freedom of religion. Right now many Hong Kong Christians are going to be persecuted by the Chinese government. @

    • Maqdas Abdiqadir
      Maqdas Abdiqadir  2 hours back

      We can use the people to raid area 51

      • Maqdas Abdiqadir
        Maqdas Abdiqadir  2 hours back

        We can use the people to raid area 51

        • Raymond Law
          Raymond Law  2 hours back

          The chinese have always been treating hong kong as nothing more than a colony, don't mistake them for benevolent rulers, the CCP is imperalist, just ask tibet, Xinjiang.....

          • Crüsh
            Crüsh  3 hours back

            Everyone making a joke about a man killing his girlfriend wouldn't be joking if it was their sister or mother. What a disgrace. He killed her while she was pregnant too. Disgusting!

            • LUCYy WEI
              LUCYy WEI  3 hours back

              Now in October is not only simple as a protest 4 months ago

              • Victoria
                Victoria  5 hours back

                If anyone sees this in the future...

                I hope you pulled your head out of your *ss and learned everyone has the rights to their own beliefs.

                Hopefully things have changed for the better

                • kyle sessing
                  kyle sessing  5 hours back

                  I Stand With Hong Kong Forever. Fight for our ☆Right☆ to be Free! To live as the Chinese do is NOT LIVING!!! You must persevere. Stand Strong with HK.

                  • ko ko
                    ko ko  6 hours back

                    Free hongkong🇰🇷🇭🇰

                    • bib_dilii cocow
                      bib_dilii cocow  6 hours back

                      “It's about the status of Hong Kong and the power China has over it." This conveys a message that Hong Kong is not part of China... when it is, at least atm, whether you like it or not. So Vox, please do not mislead anyone. I'm just telling the truth about where HK belong atm, not the future because right now, u never know.

                      • bib_dilii cocow
                        bib_dilii cocow  5 hours back

                        Anyways, I just wanna conduct a survey as to those who don't appreciate the CCP, and those who "hate" China, do yall hate Chinese or is it just the government? Cos I've, and my friends who are Chinese, have received discrimination from HK ppl because of our nationality. Like that's not right, that's just racist.

                      • bib_dilii cocow
                        bib_dilii cocow  6 hours back

                        the easiest way is probably changing China into Beijing.

                      • bib_dilii cocow
                        bib_dilii cocow  6 hours back

                        Basically what you, Vox, is portraying is that HK did not belong to China in the first place so China was who was wrong all the way when it simply wasn't. Well you see, that's not really the truth if you know the history. China wasn't exactly the strongest nation when England invaded, and because of the geographical location (great for exports etc), the English wanted to "borrow" HK for 99/100 years. Because of the inferiority in power at that time, China was basically forced to hand over HK. after 99 years, HK finally returned to China. BUT, this had caused all the trouble of different opinions, e.g. "because of England, HK flourished so therefore I think HK is better off with England instead of this poor uncivilised country of China" and "I feel great, finally I can reunite with my motherland". Contrasting opinions were created and arguments boomed.

                        Anyways, HK is, at least was, part of China, so Vox, please use your words properly and don't mislead people please.

                    • yer mums butthole
                      yer mums butthole  6 hours back

                      I wonder if hongkong was still under America's control if this would still be happening

                      • nirosh sandaruwan
                        nirosh sandaruwan  7 hours back

                        one country two system that is the problem

                        • KhλlidNandaru
                          KhλlidNandaru  9 hours back

                          Imagine if you eat your friend cooker, it starts a revolution

                          • Rizkid K
                            Rizkid K  10 hours back

                            Create a tennis court something!

                            • BalF
                              BalF  10 hours back

                              Hong Kong protests explained: just another CIA funded coloured revolution/terrorist rebellion...

                              • 楊絮子naomi
                                楊絮子naomi  12 hours back

                                I can’t believe this is still going on, it feels so unreal

                                • Angie
                                  Angie  13 hours back

                                  This has still been going on and it’s getting worse :(

                                  • Max Dubs
                                    Max Dubs  15 hours back

                                    To see all these protestors so passionate about this, really makes me want to fight for them and they definitly are right theres no denying some countries governments is disgusting. Ww3 on its way? Maybe...

                                    • Tranquility
                                      Tranquility  16 hours back

                                      It’s kinda weird to see English text in in Hong Kong or any part of Asia.

                                      • 808AllDay
                                        808AllDay  19 hours back

                                        Wait, so why can't Hong Kong write an extradition deal with Taiwan without including mainland China?

                                        • Learn It
                                          Learn It  23 hours back

                                          It all started with the love for tea ☕️ from the BRITISH

                                          • Zoe
                                            Zoe  23 hours back

                                            I like how these videos never really say what the war really was but conveniently describe it as war. It was the Opium Wars and it was Great Britain basically demanding to trade their opium with China for tea and silver and China refusing. Great Britain declared war and China had to lease HK to Great Britain to end the war.

                                            • Some Kek
                                              Some Kek  1 days back

                                              0:57 wrong pronounced i guess

                                              • Luiz Delgado
                                                Luiz Delgado  1 days back

                                                0:01 Neymar?

                                                • David Martin
                                                  David Martin  1 days back

                                                  Although the Korean government cannot directly express its position due to economic problems, we Koreans wish Hong Kong freedom. I hope you win freedom just like Korea did in the past. The Korean people fought without any support, but now there are countless foreign journalists in Hong Kong. Let's hope you get your own freedom back with them!

                                                  • Drew Hurst
                                                    Drew Hurst  1 days back

                                                    Return the 30 LegCo seats that business controls, to the people for their vote, then system will become democratic and fair.

                                                    The bill is just a distraction from the real change needed in the broken undemocratic LegCo system.

                                                    Clearly the system needs to change to represent the people better.

                                                    Majority of businesses will always be pro-china because they put profit before people, money before country and finance before freedom.

                                                    These business seats are probably representatives of multinational corporations and therefore not really representing Hong Kong anyway.

                                                    The majority of people need to be able to control of the majority of seats and the way the system is now is broken and favours China so

                                                    the system needs to change to be able to represent the people more fairly.

                                                    • Mariana S.
                                                      Mariana S.  1 days back

                                                      Historic moment.
                                                      Don't stop it.

                                                      • LazyBones
                                                        LazyBones  1 days back

                                                        Seem the violence is still being covered up

                                                        The Hong Kong people still hold a Chinese philosophy except it unity for Hong alone
                                                        Tbh China might split in 100 years and become like the US but I how they can do better.

                                                        • Jack Wong
                                                          Jack Wong  21 hours back

                                                          Look at the USSR when it transformed into a democratic federation overnight.

                                                          Poverty became widespread, as did famine. Infant mortality increased, gangsters and prostitutes roamed the streets, and the entire economy imploded. The effects are still seen today, almost 30 years in the making.

                                                          Democracy does not work in a country as heavily populated as China. Look at India, look at how democracy has treated the Indians - uncontrolled birth rate, expanding poverty, widening wealth distribution amongst the people, illiteracy, high crime rates, government corruption etc.

                                                      • azad rumu
                                                        azad rumu  1 days back

                                                        Nooooooooo my outside life is over forever!! 😭💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔

                                                        • Danny _
                                                          Danny _  1 days back

                                                          these people are awesome

                                                          • jjj jj
                                                            jjj jj  1 days back

                                                            People are literally destroying public properties causing the city paralysis, these rebels would beat up people for sharing their opinions, and you tell me they are freedom fighters? I don’t think so. In my country we call them criminals.

                                                            • Joshua N
                                                              Joshua N  1 days back

                                                              Power to ya! Love from Australia!

                                                              • Deewas Tamang
                                                                Deewas Tamang  1 days back

                                                                That killer is a joker

                                                                • Sarah Echo
                                                                  Sarah Echo  2 days back

                                                                  They are Terrorists and Rioters, hundreds of policemen got assaulted, their family are threatened, they are not protesters

                                                                  • Ali Asad Rajani
                                                                    Ali Asad Rajani  2 days back

                                                                    whose here in 2047?

                                                                    • Casey Zahorik
                                                                      Casey Zahorik  2 days back

                                                                      Something that brings a smile to my face is I am finally seeing something that both major sides of the US political system agree on.

                                                                      It almost brings a tear to my eye.

                                                                      • Vincent Sun
                                                                        Vincent Sun  2 days back

                                                                        2:55 people's right to Freedom of speech, Freedom of assembly, and Freedom of press are listed in the 1982 Constitution of People's Republic of China

                                                                        • Eugene Vaticinator
                                                                          Eugene Vaticinator  2 days back

                                                                          You're telling me..
                                                                          They want change now..
                                                                          But will accept total assimilation in 2047?
                                                                          I'm no fortune teller but regardless of the outcome of this, there's another riot waiting to happen.

                                                                          • TG 125
                                                                            TG 125  23 hours back

                                                                            Yup. Imagine how large the protest will be on the last day of 2046

                                                                        • simone
                                                                          simone  2 days back

                                                                          Parabéns Povo. Fuera Bolsonaro. Lula Libre. Lula Livre.

                                                                          • Samantha Sanchez
                                                                            Samantha Sanchez  2 days back

                                                                            Love it!! History in d making!!

                                                                            • Will Mac
                                                                              Will Mac  2 days back

                                                                              Xi won't last long.

                                                                              • david casner
                                                                                david casner  2 days back

                                                                                This would be the USA with out the 2nd Amendment. Imagine if every protester had a combat rifle. The Government would be at it's knees.

                                                                                • The Liberty
                                                                                  The Liberty  2 days back

                                                                                  china no.99, Hong kong No.1

                                                                                  • Rai Ki Rum
                                                                                    Rai Ki Rum  2 days back

                                                                                    Lots of respect for honkong people's from India.

                                                                                    • Reprogramming Mind
                                                                                      Reprogramming Mind  2 days back

                                                                                      Fantastic presentation, thanks for sharing.

                                                                                      • Karma
                                                                                        Karma  2 days back

                                                                                        I wanna go and protest now

                                                                                        • Mahnitov
                                                                                          Mahnitov  2 days back

                                                                                          Tbh im still confused , can some1 explane me this because english is not my main language and she is using a lot of "profesional" worlds which i dont understeand. Is there any other way to be explanied whats going on.