Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

  • Published on Jun 22, 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: thexvid.com/video/StW7oGSR_Mg/video.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:
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Comments • 22 019

  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago +2083

    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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    • сука
      сука 10 hours ago

      Please do a part 2. So much has happened in the past few months.

    • Rapture Ready
      Rapture Ready Day ago

      @Jowella Calixtro don't go

    • Hemant Save
      Hemant Save 2 days ago

      That really is a big crowd

  • Kaneki Ken
    Kaneki Ken 8 hours ago

    7:41 "It's theirrrr" .... it's kinda bothering me a lot

  • engine G
    engine G 9 hours ago

    My favorite event in history
    Were many things
    Like the French revolution
    Or the American Independence
    Will be another similar event

  • Lunatic Lunala
    Lunatic Lunala 10 hours ago

    It's already bad now. imagine how worse it'll get in 2047

  • 구레이
    구레이 10 hours ago

    People of South Korea support Freedom of Hongkong and it's protest

  • 西西
    西西 11 hours ago

    I dont know why do they regard China as an evil. Even Im Chinese and I live in China. I have been to many countries. and I still like to live in China.

  • Lydia Dong
    Lydia Dong 12 hours ago

    yet we out here in the US protesting for the environment

  • Brandon Cobb
    Brandon Cobb 13 hours ago

    Fight for what you want Hong Kong. Everyone deserves freedom

  • 纯真
    纯真 13 hours ago +1

    Yes, you are right.

  • Cody Hendrix
    Cody Hendrix 13 hours ago

    Almost like they need something to protect themselves from a over arching government. Haha

  • Danny Tan
    Danny Tan 14 hours ago

    The world must know what's really going and what led to the series of Protests and violences, before point fingers at Hong Kong's Protestors.

  • TheWhatify
    TheWhatify 14 hours ago

    arm hong kong protestors help them out.

  • Thiện Phan
    Thiện Phan 15 hours ago

    Tôi yêu người dân Hongkong...

  • Nico Montinola
    Nico Montinola 16 hours ago

    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.

  • Marcus Clash
    Marcus Clash 16 hours ago

    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

  • Lalu
    Lalu 16 hours ago +1

    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.

  • Aditi Mote
    Aditi Mote 17 hours ago

    This is so well explained! Thanks vox! 😊

  • Kahuna _
    Kahuna _ 18 hours ago

    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 ??

  • Gecar Tenoso
    Gecar Tenoso 18 hours ago

    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..

  • NoodleDanki
    NoodleDanki 19 hours ago

    it's now a civil war

  • Hailey Chan
    Hailey Chan 19 hours ago

    Lowkey proud I can understand Cantonese even as a Chinese Canadian

  • irene bultron
    irene bultron 21 hour ago

    Why is no one doing anything? China is just awful WWIII

  • Colby King
    Colby King 21 hour ago +1

    Free Hong Kong.

  • kougi kasai
    kougi kasai 21 hour ago +1

    I think that Chinese people who are subject to report restrictions do not know the past Tiananmen incident

    • Yinze 2
      Yinze 2 10 hours ago

      Apparently, the freedom fighters in Hong Kong don't know as well

  • Lin Yiran
    Lin Yiran 21 hour ago


  • The Maestro
    The Maestro 22 hours ago

    Whew, I thought they wanted ALL the money China lent to the United States.

  • Jovita WU
    Jovita WU 23 hours ago

    This is terrorism riot instead of so called ‘‘peaceful march’’. typical double standard from the western media

    • white sedan
      white sedan 21 hour ago

      And what does China say about past "riots" like Tiananmen square?

  • pasztor istvan
    pasztor istvan 23 hours ago +1

    My prayers are with Hong Kong I hope it works their way

  • Jovita WU
    Jovita WU Day ago

    I’m disgusted by the word ‘’peaceful march’’.

  • I am epic gamer lol

    This isn’t a protest it’s now a revolution

  • Alex Gyimah-Asare
    Alex Gyimah-Asare Day ago +1

    great video, very informative

  • lg
    lg Day ago

    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 !!!

  • DeadYouTuber 69
    DeadYouTuber 69 Day ago +2


  • WaltherPPK909
    WaltherPPK909 Day ago

    And here we ....go

  • Danga Baye
    Danga Baye Day ago +1

    It is the murder of the democracy system of Hong Kong that set the a revolution of protests.

  • Yume Sekai
    Yume Sekai Day ago +1

    Hmm Interesting. What ever the outcome of this protests, we'll be learning something important.

  • Bryan Ho
    Bryan Ho Day ago +2


  • by z
    by z Day ago +2

    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.

  • Fatu M Kaba
    Fatu M Kaba Day ago +1

    I cannot overstate how helpful this video has been for me. Thank you very much!

  • Sam
    Sam Day ago

    You should let the internet see what the protesters are actually doing. 😬

  • Dan Dagostino
    Dan Dagostino Day ago

    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

  • frchopin1
    frchopin1 Day ago +4

    Stand with HK. From Korea republic.

  • Theodore The Dude

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

  • Addy Liew
    Addy Liew Day ago

    Don’t you guys think the situation at the beginning of the video is like the same as the spark of ww1?

  • Potato Man
    Potato Man Day ago

    The US Government did this to shut down the economy of China

    • Randonlando
      Randonlando 18 hours ago

      Potato Man no, they didn’t.

  • Ezequiel Jiménez

    Name of the music(?)

  • A T
    A T Day ago +1

    I feel for these people. China is a dangerous place for humans

  • Fred Fotis
    Fred Fotis Day ago

    This isn't about murder, this is about techno socialism.

  • teddy b
    teddy b Day ago


  • Free HongKong
    Free HongKong Day ago

    Funny how wrong this is reporting is now that we know what is really going on. Vox has no credibility.

  • صا بر
    صا بر Day ago


  • Rebecca Saldana
    Rebecca Saldana Day ago +5

    China sold out the whole country it seems long time ago- just my opinion!

  • Aryan Sunder
    Aryan Sunder Day ago

    i just get it why any goverment isnt helping them

  • rosario lopez aviles

    Fuerza Hong Kong!!! Desde Chile, sigan adelante!!!

  • honeysana
    honeysana Day ago +3

    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.

  • Mr. Grey
    Mr. Grey Day ago

    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

  • Malice Mizer
    Malice Mizer 2 days ago

    I’m all for the protests, but setting ppl on fire?

    MAXIBI ICT 2 days ago

    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.

  • Roberto Lerma
    Roberto Lerma 2 days ago

    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