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:
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:
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:, 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 Prije mjesec
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: 👉 Listen on Apple Podcasts: 👉 Listen on Stitcher:
Jowella Calixtro
Jowella Calixtro Prije 2 dana
We are going to HK this coming October 18, 2019. I'm worried.
Mark NightWolf
Mark NightWolf Prije 2 dana
@Sharon Tate go blow xi
Mark NightWolf
Mark NightWolf Prije 2 dana
More like 3 million
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler Prije 2 dana
Ahhh the smel of 1929
sky scratch
sky scratch Prije 31 minute
A great many Hong Kongers came illegally from the mainland so are fearing being sent back , or their friends and partners being sent back, too. Though this fight is for everthing . Hong Kong itself.
lolli senpai
lolli senpai Prije 5 sati
hanniel ng
hanniel ng Prije 9 sati
Qing James CCP spokesman thank you for uniting the world
Independence In Mind
Independence In Mind Prije 10 sati
I stand with the Hong Kong protesters!!
Gavin Ma
Gavin Ma Prije 10 sati
good . quite good. you all go ahead. hongkong, pls go ahead. a worse life is waiting for you.
Temüjin Khan
Temüjin Khan Prije 11 sati
*Resistance is futile*
Чунь Prije 14 sati
The next situation like Hong Kong is in Europe, Barcelona, ​​London. Just like a virus,It is also in the midst of variation!
axidhaus Prije 14 sati
Ironically this is Vox .....
anne advard
anne advard Prije 17 sati
history is true.
Gabriel P
Gabriel P Prije 18 sati
Hong Kong just wants exclusivity from the mainland, even though their legislation is from China. Why are they so worked up about it.
vanco19 Prije 20 sati
this news is not true,i from macao
Lucynthia Ritonia
Lucynthia Ritonia Prije 20 sati
What a deplorable man, to take his pregnant girlfriend to another country, under the guise of a vacation, just to murder her and his unborn child. Makes me sick.
Mo W
Mo W Prije 21 sat
Poor HongKong. So sad won’t be able to go for a long time before it’s restored. people from HK,Please, u can protest, u can chant, fight for your rights or whatever. But stop destroying the city. Your city! your HOME!
Nk Wong
Nk Wong Prije 17 sati
You should say this to the government rather than the protesters
Nem Gam Boi
Nem Gam Boi Prije 23 sati
hong kong is china
German Ortiz
German Ortiz Prije dan
Rule Britain 🇬🇧
Kajus Kajus
Kajus Kajus Prije dan
Am see in Lithuania tv channel tv3 news am see this
The Progressive
The Progressive Prije dan
so what happened with the murder case?
Nick Tao
Nick Tao Prije dan
中共真是惨 中国媒体毫无话语权 毫无影响力 所以才被国际舆论吊打
宪马尧 Prije 3 sati
没办法,毕竟这主要是英文媒体。帝国主义亡我之心不死,很明显呐。 讽刺的是,美国人被洗脑的比例更高
Nick Tao
Nick Tao Prije dan
基本法解释权不在你们....基本法规定的普选是什么搞清楚没。香港只是中国的一个行政区,怎么可能让反共人士占议会多数? 闲得蛋疼
Nk Wong
Nk Wong Prije 17 sati
Shakeel Cullis
Shakeel Cullis Prije dan
British Colonialism creating the mess it always does.
Tommy BRO
Tommy BRO Prije dan
It's like french revolution all over again but in this time it's communism.
Always_nooby roblox
*F r e e* *H o n g* *K o n g*
Bea nos.
Bea nos. Prije dan
The guy that killed his GF must have been like: *“i’m gonna murder my girlfriend, what will go wrong?”*
P3drix_PT Prije dan
We are whith you,free Hong Kong.. FK Blizzard,and China.
张艺航 Prije dan
This, is the world we live in, with democracy and .........
Eugen Barbula
Eugen Barbula Prije dan
Woijna you say?
Eugen Barbula
Eugen Barbula Prije dan
But we are still at the beginning of our real drilling, at an more and more accelerating speed, while we are at breeding and synthezinig a whole army of our Hulks.
mavey cleofas
mavey cleofas Prije dan
Youve been fooled by china 😢
BBD Design
BBD Design Prije dan
These "protesters" couldn't be successful in HK even in the most ideal conditions anyways. They were frustrated way before this and China just gives them an excuse to think they are relevant. They literally have nothing to lose.
Min-Sung Ko
Min-Sung Ko Prije dan
Just give them pepsi... *dead memes Ik.*
Max Lu
Max Lu Prije dan
Best place to money launder is Hong Kong. One of the biggest differences in wealth is Hong Kong. Their maids are literally slaves. The LAWYERS are protesting. What does this all mean? THE RICH DONT WANT TO END IN JAIL CAUSE THEY ARE CRIMINALS. This doesn’t help the average person, but guess who’s doing all the protesting?
AQUAVIDZ Prije dan
Free my dawg RKELLY
Joebuzz177 Prije dan
Basically China is that Person on Twitter that doesn’t know got to take a joke, And Blocks you. Companies does anything to please the Chinese government. As it will restrict them. And that mean no money. And companies only care about that, After all, how will you pay Your thousands of employees and run the buildings and the employees Tools?
Mistah AC
Mistah AC Prije dan
I take no sides on this matter but it's interesting because it's like having strict parents. Once you've tasted freedom, of course, you won't want to go back. But at the same time, they're still your parents...
Tdaz_22 Prije dan
If I was china, I would buy a nuclear bomb from the US and drop it on Hong kong
milly ddds
milly ddds Prije dan
Maybe u can interview some other hongkongers, just be *fair*
milly ddds
milly ddds Prije 22 sati
@hijiri yuzumaku oops, my bad
hijiri yuzumaku
hijiri yuzumaku Prije 22 sati
trublgrl Prije dan
Of course you can extradite suspects to countries you have no extradition treaties with, extradition can be done on a case by case basis. You just won't have a standard set of extradition policies that both sides adhere to. Extradition on a case by case basis is the reason for Julian Assange's weird journey across the world. As one government caves and offers to extradite him, he has had to move to other countries to stay free. If no treaty meant no extradition, then he could have stayed in any country with no Extradition treaty with the US forever.
The Watcher 2.0
The Watcher 2.0 Prije dan
Let’s us band together united to fight a major treat to the world which is China
pathanos BR
pathanos BR Prije dan
Fiquei extremamente triste a notícia mais recente sobre a censura da blizzard ao campeão de headstone, mas desejo muito sorte é força a hong Kong:D
Yoshi Boo
Yoshi Boo Prije dan
It's scary to think that in 2047, there will no longer be a free HK
Zachery DeLaCruz
watching this in class gang wyaaaa
Young Oddo
Young Oddo Prije dan
✊🏼Power to the people the whole world is watching the whole world is watching
Yishan Li
Yishan Li Prije dan
08:32 有冇了解过自己有过什么权利呢,真是看似有理实无厘头
金老師 Prije dan
Congratulations!........ You destroy your future and your children's.
Logan Cutora
Logan Cutora Prije dan
i hope that sun tzu is still alive to support this protest on hong kong and i hope he'll ashamed ji xingpi from what his doing.
Women Leech
Women Leech Prije dan
@Logan Cutora honestly, violence seems to me to be the only way of keeping such freedom.
Logan Cutora
Logan Cutora Prije dan
well if the government nver changes it well the only choice to protestors is to march to beijing with peace or violence.
Women Leech
Women Leech Prije dan
@Logan Cutora hmm, yes... It's hard to see how Hong Kong's democracy can gain enough power alone... I wonder if it is possible for Hong Kong to remain democratic...
Logan Cutora
Logan Cutora Prije dan
it's okay women leec concur h and i hope the china would change their governmnt into democracy.
Women Leech
Women Leech Prije dan
@Logan Cutora oh, sorry. I imagine he would.
Kyle Lewis
Kyle Lewis Prije dan
Hong Kong protesters fight against policies that people at Vox would like to have implemented in the US.
That Guy
That Guy Prije dan
Hey everybody I’m Chinese!
李海英 Prije 2 dana
bctvanw Prije 10 sati
李海英 當年國民黨也是這樣說台灣民主派的人
BISS EU Prije 2 dana
In fact, it is not a protest, as the video said, but simply an act of violence
Spoofy Tofuwu
Spoofy Tofuwu Prije 2 dana
all because one guy couldn't pull out
TEX Prije 2 dana
WWIII could be right around the corner. I can see China and the US warring as soon as we decide to intervene in Hong Kong. Pay attention to what is going on because this is going to be very important history.
TEX Prije dan
Neha yeah but if Tiananmen Square massacre 2 electric boogaloo happens then the United States will not let it go at this point in the protests and US involvement
Neha Prije dan
TEX Strategically, the US won’t go to war with China, one of its largest trading partners, over the fate of Hong Kong. It’s just not reasonable.
Shawn Woodard
Shawn Woodard Prije 2 dana
In America let’s stop the racial and ethnic disparities, let’s stop police brutality, let’s stop gentrification, let’s stop the inequality in education far before we look east.
Shawn Woodard
Shawn Woodard Prije 2 dana
In America we have our own injustices let’s not judge them and fix our society first.
Midnight Ninja
Midnight Ninja Prije 2 dana
But what is the plan on allowing their people to take trips to do murders and return with no legal way to put them in prison?
Rat King
Rat King Prije 2 dana
Just make the hongers independent already.
Mark NightWolf
Mark NightWolf Prije 2 dana
China has violated the contract therefore there are no more terms free Hong Kong and Tibet, reconsider member Tiwan
JasonVSJason2017 Prije 2 dana
I really wanted to learn about this issue but since Vox makes so much garbage I cannot trust anything they say.
Master Shifu
Master Shifu Prije 2 dana
Hong Kong: Oh 13 colonies, teach me the ways 13 colonies: No, I don’t think I will Also 13 colonies: Anyways so I start blasting
jack spicer yeaah
jack spicer yeaah Prije 2 dana
Protests? I see only riots. Long live Mao!
WashingMykale Prije 17 sati
Haha you are funny.
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