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: ruclip.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:
    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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Comments • 22 122

  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +2124

    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:
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    • Linstein
      Linstein 14 hours ago

      @Lina W you've clearly never protested actively.

    • Golden Squatch
      Golden Squatch 22 hours ago

      It's not peaceful anymore. lol

    • Jing Wu
      Jing Wu Day ago

      Peace? You can see now, they destroyed all

    • сука
      сука Day ago

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

  • SoMyeong Lee
    SoMyeong Lee 24 minutes ago

    Go Hong Kong

  • Javonica Sapp
    Javonica Sapp 50 minutes ago

    What about the woman who was murdered? Will her and her family get justice?

  • hu hu
    hu hu Hour ago

    People still don't know this whole thing was orchestrated by the mobs

  • Kaustav BZ
    Kaustav BZ 2 hours ago

    Bad luck indeed for Hong Kong to be near to China.

  • Alejandro Fernandez
    Alejandro Fernandez 2 hours ago +1

    Can you all talk about how one of the main leaders of the Hong Kong protest Joshua Wong is mentored by ultra conservative U.S Senator Marco Rubio and is being nominated by Rubio for a Nobel peace prize. Or how Hong Kong has extradition bills in place with 20 other countries even its former colonizer U.K.

  • Kafka KiBo
    Kafka KiBo 2 hours ago


  • Too Distant
    Too Distant 4 hours ago

    china can either bend the knee or create another massacre

  • -Nerdygirl601 -
    -Nerdygirl601 - 5 hours ago +1

    Just an update: the extradition bill has not been passed but protests have continued and are becoming riots. It’s interesting seeing this play out in person especially because we are debating this in model Congress at my school

  • Christian Svendsen
    Christian Svendsen 6 hours ago

    Anyone who wants freedom from Beijing deserves it.

  • Soccer Timeline
    Soccer Timeline 6 hours ago

    I wonder how happiness when HK under Britain ❤️ not under the red Devil 🇨🇳💩 is very darkness

  • H Yongkongkelep Chang
    H Yongkongkelep Chang 8 hours ago

    Their right is only up to 2047 so it is for them only not for next generation the Britishers had left long before but they still colonize u mentally. Time to wake up HongKonger.

  • Te Chao
    Te Chao 8 hours ago

    just like the US, big corporations has a huge influence over the politics, money speaks.

  • Fatalbutterfly
    Fatalbutterfly 9 hours ago

    I really hope other country will also do this in near future or now.
    This great Exsample people should follow dont let goverment control the people thanks to the people they exits.
    Didint the franse also not did this back in the days they didn't accept the people who where king and queen and took there power from them, now this time it Hong Kong who show use the real power of there country they think about the future and dont want to lose by lie from the huger up.

    I do wish this happend in the country i live in

  • William Wang
    William Wang 11 hours ago

    It's so bizarre, why China grow strong ,then will over Hong Kong???Hong Kong is not a part of China???
    SO they want what?

  • bebo7002
    bebo7002 11 hours ago +2

    I bet the people of Hong Kong would love the second amendment

  • Dmytro Kovalskyy
    Dmytro Kovalskyy 11 hours ago

    Now is the time for U.S. to stand with Hong Kong!

  • Khoa Vlog & Gaming
    Khoa Vlog & Gaming 11 hours ago +2

    Hong Kong: *Exist*
    China: It's Free Real Estate

    • William Wang
      William Wang 11 hours ago +1

      everyone like money, no need too long,more and more hongkong people will go to mainland

  • Andy Liu
    Andy Liu 12 hours ago

    Many countries know the truth behind the current situation in Hong Kong. Let us take a look at the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and other Arab countries. All civilized, advanced, human and glorious things have been destroyed. The whole society seems to have returned to the Middle Ages. It is caused by the interference and destruction of these countries by the Western forces through the so-called democratic revolution.

  • Avesa
    Avesa 13 hours ago

    USA must help to Hongkong!!They fight for Freedom!!!

  • Shevanny Maureen
    Shevanny Maureen 15 hours ago

    好感動,希望我能做什麼,把我的鼓勵送給你們。 加油大家!

  • OverlordGaming
    OverlordGaming 17 hours ago +1

    Power resides where people believe it resides with. However in reality, the true power resides with the people who stand united against corrupt governments. I 100% support Hong Kong's fight for freedom. People won't remember the brave souls who fight against oppression but History will remember their actions

  • Lu Kim
    Lu Kim 17 hours ago

    I don’t get it??? The Young people in Hong Kong don’t even know what happened in the history?
    How could you live?if China don’t give you the economy, there are so many people in China go to Hong Kong to buy things and support them......

  • Lilia Radvar
    Lilia Radvar 19 hours ago

    CAN YOU DO ONE ON IRAN, the internet connection has been blocked for over 95% of the 80 million people and sources say over 200 people have been killed and 300 injured due to protesting as fuel prices have raised by 3 times, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE raise awareness of this topic. Iran’s been in misery since the start of 2018 and it’s just getting worse, please raise awareness for their innocent lives and their unfair regime.

  • Rohan Sai
    Rohan Sai 21 hour ago

    Please do strikes against federal reserve

  • Tang Zhong Yu Mark Mark
    Tang Zhong Yu Mark Mark 21 hour ago +3

    OK Mr CIA, sending your minions to Hong Kong and disrupting the peace seems very nice

  • Kevin Adams
    Kevin Adams 22 hours ago

    Nowadays if someone's trying to explain to you on some political issues you'd better not believe 'em.

  • Westerners Leave HKG Alone


  • mehmet Yilmaz
    mehmet Yilmaz 23 hours ago

    Just leave the people alone! Obviously they dont like chinese govt and they prolly never will. You have half of the world anyway😁

  • dud Wako
    dud Wako 23 hours ago

    The biggest difference between media of china and USA or UK is the front one speaking based on the true things happing the another one likes to make up its story by taking a few photos that no one knows it is true or not.

  • Boii with No Subs
    Boii with No Subs 23 hours ago

    Hey America,can you do something?

  • Tecumseh Sherman

    The Hong Kong political system and how the pro-China parities dominates their legislature is analogous to Republicans dominating some state legislatures where half or sometimes a majority of voters vote Democrat. Republicans are also very pro-corporation.

  • Rebirth _exe
    Rebirth _exe Day ago

    The video is totally distorting the whole truth. I would like to ask the video author if you are not ashamed of your words and deeds! You are promoting untruthful videos on the world's largest video platform. You are splitting up a whole country. You are making people in Hong Kong more and more uneasy and panic!

  • Baldwin xu
    Baldwin xu Day ago +2

    The problem now is how can we peacefully solve this with ought more tragedy

  • qiuqiu nie
    qiuqiu nie Day ago

    So these pacifists can light a passing old man with gasoline?
    F**k HK

  • Jorge Gomez
    Jorge Gomez Day ago

    2047 come sooner

  • honeymochi lemon

    Why am i crying

  • 黃經緯
    黃經緯 Day ago


  • Mashiris
    Mashiris Day ago

    I’m crying so bad, knowing what Hong Kong is going through right now breaks my heart 😢😢😢

    • William Wang
      William Wang 10 hours ago

      To the destory of hongkong,everyone will feel sorry, but I won't cry, because my personal property didn't suffer any damage

    • William Wang
      William Wang 10 hours ago

      I'm not planing to abuse you.but maybe even now you don't get money to buy even a 100m2 house in hongkong, maybe you are.just a travellor, I really don't understand why you feel sad.

  • Duy Nguyen
    Duy Nguyen Day ago

    China is cancer

  • 너강등
    너강등 Day ago


  • Wassabi Shine
    Wassabi Shine Day ago

    please stand with Hong Kong and save us

  • Bablu Bhargav
    Bablu Bhargav Day ago +1

    Where ever Britain ruled they ended and started with chaos, between India and Pakistan, Palestinian and Israeli..

  • schmirgldecks
    schmirgldecks Day ago

    Interesting how western media is against protests in France but they support protests in China (Hong Kong).
    They are against the separation of Krimea but they support separation of Kosovo, etc.
    Use your brain people

  • Kaneki Ken
    Kaneki Ken Day ago

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

  • engine G
    engine G Day ago +5

    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 Day ago +5

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

  • 구레이
    구레이 Day ago

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

  • 西西
    西西 Day 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 Day ago +1

    yet we out here in the US protesting for the environment

  • Brandon Cobb
    Brandon Cobb Day ago +4

    Fight for what you want Hong Kong. Everyone deserves freedom

    • William Wang
      William Wang 10 hours ago

      Hongkong is not north Korea,it has everything.

    • William Wang
      William Wang 10 hours ago

      But hongkong is freedom enough.

  • 纯真
    纯真 Day ago +1

    Yes, you are right.

  • Cody Hendrix
    Cody Hendrix Day ago +1

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

  • Danny Tan
    Danny Tan Day 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 Day ago

    arm hong kong protestors help them out.

  • Thiện Phan
    Thiện Phan Day ago

    Tôi yêu người dân Hongkong...

  • Nico Montinola
    Nico Montinola Day 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.

    • Kevin Hu
      Kevin Hu 11 hours ago

      The lies made up by the media are so perfect

  • Marcus Clash
    Marcus Clash Day 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 Day ago +3

    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.

    • hòa mạnh
      hòa mạnh 15 hours ago

      Have you ever wondered why it is no longer a peaceful protest?

    • Angel Ma
      Angel Ma 20 hours ago

      When has this ever been a peaceful protest? Remember the police? Y'know mr I've done nothing wrong but I'm gonna shoot you in the eye?

  • Aditi Mote
    Aditi Mote Day ago

    This is so well explained! Thanks vox! 😊