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: 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 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: open.spotify.com/show/3pXx5SXzXwJxnf4A5pWN2A 👉 Listen on Apple Podcasts: applepodcasts.com/todayexplained 👉 Listen on Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/today-explained/e/63398553

    VoxVox2 aylar önce
    • @Jowella Calixtro don't go

      Rapture ReadyRapture Ready18 saatler önce
    • That really is a big crowd

      Hemant SaveHemant SaveGün önce
  • Tôi yêu người dân Hongkong...

    Thiện PhanThiện Phan7 dakika önce
  • HK kids are so intelligent and smart. They know what freedom means. In my country here kids are not so smart, they support a wanna be-dictator.

    Nico MontinolaNico MontinolaSaatler önce
  • You will all fight and you will win! America could unite like this but we are all to different. I have life friends that are all different colors and cultures, they would not stand by me in an uproar, and i am accepting of that sadly

    Marcus ClashMarcus ClashSaatler önce
  • The demonstrators are getting out of hand as they are getting extremely violent. Setting fire on people who disagree with them, bashing a pregnant woman, destroying local properties, bombing and bashing police officers with homemade bombs, and more. This is no longer a peaceful protest.

    LaluLaluSaatler önce
  • This is so well explained! Thanks vox! 😊

    Aditi MoteAditi Mote2 saatler önce
  • Can we just evacuate hong kong ? Like bring the residents to America. They are pretty much the perfect candidates. Young, intelligent, passionate, and come from somewhere that believes in democracy. They have also seen what a real authoritative government looks like and know what that kind of power will do. Am I wrong here ??

    Kahuna _Kahuna _3 saatler önce
  • this protester want democracy like LIBYA and SYRIA..FRANCE and U.S. willing fund hongkong revolt.. ive been waiting for their women and children to in my country as refugees soon..

    Gecar TenosoGecar Tenoso3 saatler önce
  • it's now a civil war

    NoodleDankiNoodleDanki4 saatler önce
  • Lowkey proud I can understand Cantonese even as a Chinese Canadian

    Hailey ChanHailey Chan4 saatler önce
  • Why is no one doing anything? China is just awful WWIII

    irene bultronirene bultron6 saatler önce
  • Free Hong Kong.

    Colby KingColby King6 saatler önce
  • I think that Chinese people who are subject to report restrictions do not know the past Tiananmen incident

    kougi kasaikougi kasai6 saatler önce
  • 立法委居然代表不了香港群众的意见,真是神奇。

    Lin YiranLin Yiran6 saatler önce
  • Whew, I thought they wanted ALL the money China lent to the United States.

    The MaestroThe Maestro7 saatler önce
  • This is terrorism riot instead of so called ‘‘peaceful march’’. typical double standard from the western media

    Jovita WUJovita WU8 saatler önce
    • And what does China say about past "riots" like Tiananmen square?

      white sedanwhite sedan6 saatler önce
  • My prayers are with Hong Kong I hope it works their way

    pasztor istvanpasztor istvan8 saatler önce
  • I’m disgusted by the word ‘’peaceful march’’.

    Jovita WUJovita WU9 saatler önce
  • This isn’t a protest it’s now a revolution

    I am epic gamer lolI am epic gamer lol9 saatler önce
  • great video, very informative

    Alex Gyimah-AsareAlex Gyimah-Asare10 saatler önce
  • Why the police do not need to take any responsibility when they have breached the law? Is it fair? Independent investigation ! It is one of the demands we are calling for since JUNE JUNE JUNE !!!

    lglg10 saatler önce

    DeadYouTuber 69DeadYouTuber 6911 saatler önce
  • And here we ....go

    WaltherPPK909WaltherPPK90912 saatler önce
  • It is the murder of the democracy system of Hong Kong that set the a revolution of protests.

    Danga BayeDanga Baye12 saatler önce
  • Hmm Interesting. What ever the outcome of this protests, we'll be learning something important.

    Yume SekaiYume Sekai14 saatler önce

    Bryan HoBryan Ho16 saatler önce
  • the murderer is recently released from the prison. i wonder if he's in the pro-democracy camp. he's also charged with money laundrying btw.

    by zby z16 saatler önce
  • I cannot overstate how helpful this video has been for me. Thank you very much!

    Fatu M KabaFatu M Kaba17 saatler önce
  • You should let the internet see what the protesters are actually doing. 😬

    SamSam18 saatler önce
  • wake up .every u know whats about to happen .ur cell phones r intergratid to distact u from ur tallents .the blck su6etid saciety allready has to many gifted humans turned to mush .every thing that is is over . ill b loolkin for the ones hwo rght now think unorthidocks different inteligent . or u can do what ever i can care less .the more they have the better for me .i cant be voted home till i do alot ..great job on killin ur planet. only if the human race new the beautie of her and new the truth no on cares . catle allways follows no mter what

    Dan DagostinoDan Dagostino19 saatler önce
  • Stand with HK. From Korea republic.

    frchopin1frchopin119 saatler önce
  • They have now become vandals and a mob, they are destroying their own home now. Send in the tanks

    Theodore The DudeTheodore The Dude20 saatler önce
  • Don’t you guys think the situation at the beginning of the video is like the same as the spark of ww1?

    Addy LiewAddy Liew21 saatler önce
  • The US Government did this to shut down the economy of China

    Potato ManPotato Man22 saatler önce
    • Potato Man no, they didn’t.

      RandonlandoRandonlando3 saatler önce
  • Name of the music(?)

    Ezequiel JiménezEzequiel Jiménez22 saatler önce
  • I feel for these people. China is a dangerous place for humans

    A TA T22 saatler önce
  • This isn't about murder, this is about techno socialism.

    Fred FotisFred Fotis22 saatler önce
  • 无语

    teddy bteddy bGün önce
  • Funny how wrong this is reporting is now that we know what is really going on. Vox has no credibility.

    Free HongKongFree HongKongGün önce
  • Nice

    صا برصا برGün önce
  • China sold out the whole country it seems long time ago- just my opinion!

    Rebecca SaldanaRebecca SaldanaGün önce
  • .

    Hồ Chó Minh đụ Nông Thị Xuân có bầu rồi giết ngayHồ Chó Minh đụ Nông Thị Xuân có bầu rồi giết ngayGün önce
  • i just get it why any goverment isnt helping them

    Aryan SunderAryan SunderGün önce
  • Fuerza Hong Kong!!! Desde Chile, sigan adelante!!!

    rosario lopez avilesrosario lopez avilesGün önce
  • i think this is a very sticky situation. hong kong has gone through a lot, and deserve their democratic rights, but that man does deserve to go to jail.

    honeysanahoneysanaGün önce
  • They should come to the United States and build their own City out in the middle of the desert think about all the technology come to the United States and all the money Hong Kong was huge we are not doing anything with all that desert land just thought people

    Mr. GreyMr. GreyGün önce
  • I’m all for the protests, but setting ppl on fire?

    Malice MizerMalice MizerGün önce
  • Can we blame british people for this ? Because they are the one who started this kind of war. It's like setting a time bomb and wait for it to explode after they left the country.

  • The people know what they want for their future and the future Hong Kong has. They know the things that will happen if China owns them... China is evil just like any other big country they want full control of all they can get... I just hope at the end of this war the protesters know the punishment they will pay. No deed goes undone

    Roberto LermaRoberto LermaGün önce
  • All these black coloured riot support the girlfriend murderer.

    nshadow888nshadow888Gün önce
  • Xi Jinping is a ruthless president of the world.

    Mohammed Arif UddinMohammed Arif UddinGün önce
  • If Hong Kong is separate from China, Hong Kong people will develop their country into world number one country.

    Mohammed Arif UddinMohammed Arif UddinGün önce
    • that's funny. by what? one third of the electricity and half of their fresh water are provided by the mainland. use your brain and check what's really happening.

      Stefanie YangStefanie YangGün önce
  • It isn't a democracy. Stop using that word. 5:02 America doesn't have a democracy either. You voting and someone voting for you are two VERY different ideas. You even say: 'Like many democracies, Hong Kong has a legislature'....okay... So: it's a democratic republic; just like the US. NOT a democracy.

    Of All My IntentionOf All My IntentionGün önce
  • The protests have gone too far. Start shooting the protesters I say, they are now trashing the country for no good reason

    10percentwierd10percentwierdGün önce
    • You want to start the Tiananmen Square Massacre again?

      ANNE YAP Siow LinANNE YAP Siow Lin17 saatler önce
  • There would never had threatening that China overrun hongkong for it's law because due on that case. It's fair trial which I understand is only thing possible, what do they think better advance prediction over that law is now protesting in present.

    Kearifamous CKearifamous CGün önce
  • Hong Kong should be free as soon as possible...a huge support from India to Hong Kong protest for their freedom

    Jitender Kumar The Royal RajputJitender Kumar The Royal RajputGün önce
  • Once China takes hold, just watch, any mention of this will be eradicated and thousands of people will be abused and murdered.

    1GoldRunner1GoldRunnerGün önce
  • Our kids will learn the violence and terrorism that occurred during this time. A man killed by a brick thrown to the head. An old man burned to death when confronting protestors. A police officer shot by an arrow, a garage truck trying to do his job having Molotovs thrown at his vehicle. This is what the world will remember. Not even our American pro pro Ganda news outlets can hide these horrors now. These rioters have shown their true colors

    Bob BelcherBob BelcherGün önce
  • When you get a taste of freedom, no one wants to give it up. I feel bad for these people, every single one.

    1GoldRunner1GoldRunnerGün önce
  • That seems to be a big crowd

    Hemant SaveHemant SaveGün önce
  • They illustrate the new era of violence in the name of "freedom," the destruction of subway stations, highways, schools, shops

    霖Yan霖Yan2 gün önce
    • You realize the Hong Kong government has oppressed them for years right? To spark a revolution and to make a change you have to cause something that makes the government second guess their stance (i.e American Revolution,French Revolution,Segregation Ending)

      Colby KingColby King6 saatler önce
  • What if one day, China does another massacre in Hong Kong and all the countries of the world just decide to stop China together?

    JayJay2 gün önce
    • they won't. the closest thing to a massacre is PLA troops running around with brooms and buckets.

      Splinter- MemesSplinter- Memes19 saatler önce
  • So what happened to the murder in taiwan??

    EVAN TOT TVEVAN TOT TV2 gün önce
  • i mean i cant blame the people. since the legislator even said they are young, they still have a chance to leave the country

    Toby OuToby Ou2 gün önce
  • Thank you VOX this is a very good report. However, we did need to know the reason why Britain made or agreed to the loopholes in the agreement between China and UK..

    Asaad LuaibiAsaad Luaibi2 gün önce
  • The protest has literally turned into war.

    KidKid2 gün önce
  • Imagine north koreans doing these.

    Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un2 gün önce
    • You're funny

      Yume SekaiYume Sekai14 saatler önce
  • Our support! Greetings from Catalonia! 阿育王朝! 加泰罗尼亚颂歌!

    Art B.Art B.2 gün önce
  • China just start WW3 so you can just get whatever you want

    Poison Dragon SlayerPoison Dragon Slayer2 gün önce
  • What the democrecy their need? In this"situation" isn't enough? Can they destroy London like this?

    Waroon PiyanirunWaroon Piyanirun2 gün önce
Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained