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: esproject.info/it/video/iaWPaNSttreWssg
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

    VoxVoxHace 5 meses
    • Still peaceful?

      Fred WuFred WuHace 16 días
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  • I have a bad feelings when Hong Kong fall

    Frozen BoyFrozen BoyHace un día
  • What if..someone bombed china for hong kong

    Kaylee NguyenKaylee NguyenHace un día
  • Such a touchy protest against Dominant force. Definitely Hong Kong will leave a mark to fight for justice in this very planet.

    Asif ShahriyarAsif ShahriyarHace un día
  • Why are all countries present suffering from BRATAIN'S EVIL WORK in the past?

    Swamp FoxSwamp FoxHace un día
  • Even Hongkong people hate China

    Danice Ross Anne CabañezDanice Ross Anne CabañezHace 2 días
  • Their protest doesn't make sense. They were part of china and also afrer that hongkong is the britain colony. History tells us that today those cointries which were part of the british colony are still struggling and still stuck in problem. Poor economy. Thats because of the colony model.

    Muhammad HarisMuhammad HarisHace 2 días
  • I support this rebelion

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    小yt揉.小yt揉.Hace 2 días
  • Would like to see some thing about what's going on in france

    Heather FieldHeather FieldHace 3 días
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    苟群主苟群主Hace 3 días
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    The RatmanThe RatmanHace 3 días
  • Bring down the Chinese dictator regime.

    TS FTS FHace 3 días
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  • Free Hong Kong

    Dark GamingDark GamingHace 4 días
  • Happy Hongkong New Year!

    羅德夫羅德夫Hace 4 días
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    Shahid khan777Shahid khan777Hace 5 días
  • Everyone out there, please don't just take a look of how the protests happened, take a look of what the protestors have done, it's ILLEGAL.

    anonymous personanonymous personHace 6 días
    • So is what the police are doing

      D.MD.MHace 2 días
  • Hong Kong: exist UK: it’s free restate

    ITapMIlkITapMIlkHace 6 días
  • Now we have the PolyU Battles.

    afrostydavafrostydavHace 6 días
  • Power to the people

    Jus BeebJus BeebHace 6 días
  • 光復香港 時代革命🇭🇰

    wingsum yauwingsum yauHace 6 días
  • This makes me so incredibly sad, it's like we haven't learned or grown from history, its still happening.

    Alexandra AttallaAlexandra AttallaHace 6 días
  • Hong Kong is a natural patriotism education base, but it is enough to mess with Shenzhen Port

    Jack WuJack WuHace 6 días
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  • im just wondering how much did the americans pay for the protest and these protesters?

    Jason VincentJason VincentHace 7 días
    • Jason Vincent bruh 😂😂 pay attention to the video

      HQzelleHQzelleHace 5 días
  • Fight!!!!

    Raheem Hawj 4.0Raheem Hawj 4.0Hace 7 días
  • 香港废了,到处认爹,

    党书记党书记Hace 7 días
  • ChingChangChongChinaIsNowHongKong - China#1

    Joel BJoel BHace 7 días
    • That was so funny i forgot to laugh 😑

      courtneycourtneyHace 6 días
  • Wait do wut happened?

    Kyle BuchanKyle BuchanHace 7 días
  • I search up king kong not Hong kong 😂

    x48HRSx48HRSHace 7 días
  • Hong Kong riots are caused by foolish young people in Hong Kong influenced and manipulated by a Western Christian group to break up the relationship between Hong Kong and China. Some westerners in UK and U.S. don't want China to become a powerful country in the world. Hong Kong never had voting rights under the British system and Chinse young people have never complained. Why now under one China, they acted out so badly?

    T H ChenT H ChenHace 7 días
  • Hong Kong belongs to China, they are only free due to white colonialism.

    Constable DodoConstable DodoHace 8 días
  • But President Trump and the Republicans support these protests, so they cant be good.

    Constable DodoConstable DodoHace 8 días
  • The worse thing in this, is that people don't understand how to fight. To fight corporations you need to touch their pockets with your protest. Like Argentina's truck drivers, pacifically make them lose money.

    Whowhowhowho WhowhoWhowhowhowho WhowhoHace 9 días
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    林蓦林蓦Hace 9 días
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    SimmsSimmsHace 9 días
  • Stand with Hong Kong ✊

    Jarred JayJarred JayHace 9 días
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      Side ChainSide ChainHace 8 días
  • Atsushi Takayasu 2 months ago "Even a Japanese tourist was mistaken by the Hong Kong 'protestors' and lynched by them yesterday."

    Li Ricky's FSX videosLi Ricky's FSX videosHace 10 días
  • I fear for the safety of Hong Kong greatly. This is a crucial time that will determine the future prospects for the entire South China Sea region.

    C RC RHace 10 días
  • 香港屬於中國,支持香港警察! 阿Sir加油!

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  • 我真的好喜欢看外国人说中国政治哦。(扶额)一点也不了解中国的情况下胡言乱语就像我弟弟还没会背九九乘法表能让我无情嘲笑。

    蒋主贤蒋主贤Hace 11 días
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    蒲朗蒲朗Hace 11 días
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    Mr. Spooky sparkyMr. Spooky sparkyHace 11 días
  • Tôi không thích cách Trung Quốc đối sử với họ

    Trường TồTrường TồHace 11 días
  • So, the Hongkongers want this guy to get away with his murder.

    Jhinu JungJhinu JungHace 11 días
  • 光復香港,時代革命!

    MoonNight月夜MoonNight月夜Hace 11 días
  • The People sure do like sharing the Co2

    Gary StuGary StuHace 12 días
  • Carrie Lam has claimed that it’s related to the murder, but eventually it doesn’t.

    Andrew LeungAndrew LeungHace 12 días
  • На месте гонгконгцев мне бы тоже не понравилось вторжение Китая. Удачи протестующим.

    拳Hace 12 días
  • One murder made a revolution. People who revolted for rasputin: *Ight imma head out*

    Mr. Muscle boiMr. Muscle boiHace 12 días
  • Its like the Tiananmen Square protest. We must stop this before its too late.

    CG ToeCG ToeHace 12 días
  • I've always have this question in my mind, hope someone can help to answer: How did the Great Britain rule Hong Kong? Similar to mainland China (Governor → Legislative Console → District Council) or in a different way?

    钟震林钟震林Hace 13 días
  • Lies . Nice try 😂

    Andre WynnAndre WynnHace 13 días
  • Hongkong and Taiwan are legally belonged to China. And please remember that.

    zhiyan yuzhiyan yuHace 13 días
    • yes

      Li Ricky's FSX videosLi Ricky's FSX videosHace 10 días