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: trvision.net/detail/video-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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  • 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

    VoxVox19 gün önce
    • Why would that be a turning point? Which side has an army?

      Sgt BootsSgt Boots7 saatler önce
    • war is PEACE, lies become the TRUTH now

      Ziho SiuZiho SiuGün önce
    • Maggie Lou politics

      L HKL HK2 gün önce
  • PRC not used to people with free will.

    Sumit PalSumit PalDakika önce
  • Americans just call like dogs here, and you dare not send troops directly.

    Jack AnjouJack Anjou28 dakika önce
  • Peace and freedom

    Ostia MaricelOstia Maricel53 dakika önce
  • I like the way how British police treat riots.

    SvSkarl SVSkarlsrichSvSkarl SVSkarlsrichSaatler önce
  • riot

    jinke Wujinke WuSaatler önce
  • Whst they going to do when 2047 arrive .

    Ana RojasAna Rojas3 saatler önce
  • DemoCRAZY...

    Velix TricoVelix Trico3 saatler önce
  • Aggressive high testosteron young males dominate the protests. They are ready to fight for whatever purpose. They are protecting the triads or Hongkong mafia and want them not to be sent to Peking for trial.

    羅德夫羅德夫3 saatler önce
  • 其实我们中国很多人对香港没啥兴趣 你们继续闹

    l Pl P4 saatler önce
  • I don't get how the bill could erase Hongkong's independence from China, despite both being originally owned by Japan.

    Johnny HitlerJohnny Hitler5 saatler önce
  • I suppport Scotland independent

    MA-Pigeon刘鸽子MA-Pigeon刘鸽子6 saatler önce
  • It's ironic that Vox would release this video, highlighting the importance of fundamental liberties like freedom of speech, religion, consciousness, as well as the dangers of censorship; yet they themselves continually advocate for censorship of ideas that don't conform to their own ideological perspective...

    Tyler KandhaiTyler Kandhai8 saatler önce
  • Yes Cia in Hong Kong. Mess up

    Issac LAIssac LA9 saatler önce
  • 试问如果有人犯罪杀人而得不到惩罚这是合理的吗?他可以杀了人再逃回香港而不会得到任何惩罚这是合理的吗?如果你们觉得合理,请先让他杀你的家人而不会受到惩罚。

    沫唯寞沫唯寞10 saatler önce
  • without china ,hk will be a city of chaos

    mh Dmh D14 saatler önce
  • 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

    L StevenL Steven15 saatler önce
  • China encroaches every where. Even in my small country they are taking over😒😒😒

  • Wow, Vox, you must be torn...on one hand you love a good protest, but on the other hand, it's against Communism.

    Werther's OriginalWerther's Original16 saatler önce
  • 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.

    Sgt BootsSgt Boots17 saatler önce
  • 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"

    Alexis PinedaAlexis Pineda21 saatler önce
  • We all live in 2019 while Hong Kong is in 2047.

    Tee Khing HuaTee Khing Hua22 saatler önce
    • hongkong is in 1840

      Wang HanWang Han9 saatler önce
  • 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

    Alex ChangAlex Chang23 saatler önce
  • Thank you, Vox for explaning.

    Ex plorerEx plorerGün önce
  • 历史的耻辱架。这些人全会被订在上面。。。再过几十年来看看这些人是有多弱智

    alfred Jiangalfred JiangGün önce
  • 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

    James LJames LGün önce
  • Thanks god “nothing” happened

    SpunkSpunkGün önce
  • So they want a tiananmen part 2?

    Proxy MythicalProxy MythicalGün önce
  • 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"

    Si FileySi FileyGün önce
  • 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

    Its SinnehIts SinnehGün önce
  • China is China,not Europe or American!!!

    matt songmatt songGün önce
  • As a Scot who never got their independence I hope you do! ✊🏻🇭🇰

    Its SinnehIts SinnehGün önce
  • 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??

    Lauren DLauren DGün önce
  • The base of two systems is one country.

    Shine HuangShine HuangGün önce
  • 见过要独立的,没见过要殖民的🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

    Belang ChenBelang ChenGün önce
  • 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.

    Ultimate ClassicUltimate ClassicGün önce
  • 没有中国大陆的支持,香港的繁荣便是无根之水。说白了,街头政治而已。

    Aying royAying roy2 gün önce
  • Ugh I just hate it when it happens to my home......

    Ash lilyAsh lily2 gün önce
  • 加油、香港!

    めっちゃわい可愛いくね!?めっちゃわい可愛いくね!?2 gün önce
  • 真羡慕有些香港人,不用上班,可以上街游行示威,又可以拿钱,又可以申请政治避难。我也好向往这种生活

    一日就一天一日就一天2 gün önce
  • Why Hollywood movies mostly One chines actor because chines market Hollywood leak chines 👢

    Imran KhanImran Khan2 gün önce
  • Vox Also chines paid Actor 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Imran KhanImran Khan2 gün önce
  • HONG kong people future chines slaves

    Imran KhanImran Khan2 gün önce
  • HONG kong Next chines colony... 😂😂😂😂china destroyed HONG kong Democracy and freedom no one stop china today...

    Imran KhanImran Khan2 gün önce
  • Hong Kong should hold a referendum for independence.

    jwang604jwang6042 gün önce
  • 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.

    LE XALE XA2 gün önce
  • 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

    afkar ahamedafkar ahamed2 gün önce
  • 简洁点 不要扭曲事实!

    李哈哈李哈哈2 gün önce
  • i hope this will be going to Area 51

    Gen.salsalani RubatGen.salsalani Rubat2 gün önce

    Benjamin ValerioBenjamin Valerio2 gün önce
  • 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`.

    Guan QingGuan Qing2 gün önce
  • The rest of the world are rooting for you Hong Kong . It's your home country and future

    peterlhs18peterlhs182 gün önce
  • 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."

    Koko HekumatiaruKoko Hekumatiaru2 gün önce
  • To quote from US government "if you don't like it, you can leave."

    Gla DrutGla Drut2 gün önce
    • Gla Drut no get the comment section now

      Its SinnehIts SinnehGün önce
  • stay strong Hong Kong.

    sally smithsally smith2 gün önce
  • "Dictators cannot survive for long without disarming the people and regimes like Belges , how to run away from it & escape been killed ?.....

    Ruzindana Jean -MarieRuzindana Jean -Marie2 gün önce
  • 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.

    RayHulala HulaRayHulala Hula2 gün önce
  • 2 young sometimes naive

    若清风雨水若清风雨水2 gün önce
  • Make hong kong free from china

    Sakil MahmoodSakil Mahmood2 gün önce
  • Don’t thread on us.

    SS GallagherSS Gallagher2 gün önce
  • 香港文化大革命万岁!

    大大喜大大喜2 gün önce
  • Love and support Hong Kong from India. 🇮🇳🇭🇰

    Vijay 1630Vijay 16302 gün önce
    • @Jigsaw cough cough baluchistan

      Vijay 1630Vijay 16302 gün önce
    • Vijay 1630 cough cough KASHMIR

      JigsawJigsaw2 gün önce
  • Hong Kong needs to vote for its own president. Form a military and country. Or borrow military from the US to fight the mainland.

    B CB C2 gün önce
  • Thank you for explaining me this 😁👍🙏

    Maria Lai AlesovaMaria Lai Alesova2 gün önce
  • 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.

    WasdzWasdz3 gün önce
  • Should have special order to arrest this Murder only !!! Or make a special order only for this murderer

    UR DaddyUR Daddy3 gün önce
  • Some are hired by Americans to mess up Hong kong

    Ng Sze HonNg Sze Hon3 gün önce
  • Some people are hired from America because China is winning against America make Hong Kong messy so China will be behind America

    Ng Sze HonNg Sze Hon3 gün önce
  • // All Over The Former British Empire You Can Still Hear "Ahh When The British Where Here Our Lives Where Good." !!

    viking saxonviking saxon3 gün önce
  • Everyone: Is Hong Kong part of China?? China and UK: Well yes, but actually no

    Mount GamingMount Gaming3 gün önce
    • The video said "technically" yes. Lol, what does that mean? "You are technically your mother's son / daughter"? Then who are you, non-technically?

      Fred CFred C14 saatler önce
    • Mount Gaming yes, Hong Kong is part of China.

      Lau HomeLau Home16 saatler önce
    • underrated comment 🤣🤣🤣

      lavish pawarlavish pawar2 gün önce
Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained