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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:
ruvid.net/video/video-MQyxG4vTyZ8.html
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: ruvid.net/video/video-StW7oGSR_Mg.html
If you want to get real nerdy you can read Hong Kong’s Basic Law (their mini Constitution) here:
www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/index.html
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:
www.legco.gov.hk/yr18-19/english/hc/papers/hc20190412ls-65-e.pdf
Here is a piece reported by the New York Times on the latest from Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's leader:
www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/world/asia/hong-kong-carrie-lam-extradition.html
Here are some additional resources regarding Hong Kong’s democracy and political make-up:
sites.duke.edu/corporations/2018/01/29/the-mirror-colonial-britain-and-chinas-rationale-for-hong-kongs-functional-constituency/
www.cfr.org/backgrounder/democracy-hong-kong
books.google.com/books?id=ZDubDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=Reunification, Patriotism, and Political Disorder: From 1997 to 2017 "underground front"&source=bl&ots=vn4zdV2FSi&sig=ACfU3U2yyYBTZ0hFfWC6y9oYS4YzxY6UDg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjVgcDv5eziAhXQg-AKHV4EB9sQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
And finally, you can also find our latest articles covering the most recent developments here:
www.vox.com/2019/6/18/18683582/hong-kong-extradition-bill-protests-china
www.vox.com/world/2019/6/16/18680897/huge-hong-kong-protests-continue-after-the-government-postpones-controversial-billwww.vox.com/2019/6/11/18661007/hong-kong-protest-2019-china-extradition
www.vox.com/world/2019/6/9/18658650/hong-kong-protest-march-china-extradition-bill-2019
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Vox
Vox 2 months ago
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
BYE12FAQ UNO
BYE12FAQ UNO 4 hours ago
Why don’t you show the footage of them holding up pics of our president Donald J. Trump
BYE12FAQ UNO
BYE12FAQ UNO 5 hours ago
Vox talk about the organ harvesting
Yan C
Yan C 21 hour ago
@Lina W Inform yourself those protests are inflirtrated by Chineses agents. They create violences so police can "legally" charge in.
Chichang Wu
Chichang Wu 5 days ago
How about you guys talk about the recent catalan protests....there is no real freedom and this is closer to your home....in europe the democtratic europe...dont judge others while the same thing is happening in europe
The real Slim Shady.
2 of the most powerful countries on the planet are essentially 3rd world with shocking human rights violations and authoritarian governments. I don't think the U.S could win a war with Russia and China combined. Sheer numbers would be the main problem, and in that respect, Europe can't help much.
Nookie Thephithack
Nookie Thephithack 4 hours ago
Let pray for Hong Kong
Tesco Lot
Tesco Lot 5 hours ago
DEATH IS A PREFERABLE ALTERNATIVE TO COMMUNISM
nev
nev 8 hours ago
i pray for them. good luck Hong Kong.
畢業都兩年了
畢業都兩年了 8 hours ago
反送中一开始我是天天关注,无限同情。可是后来一个诉求变五个,我不知道以后还会变几个。 早先采访反送中的年轻人,都是一脸的悲壮与高尚,“没多少希望,但仍要争取。”“很绝望”。条例已经寿终正寝了,目的达到了。然后呢,继续绝望,一个变五个。人家已经不送中了,为什么还要叫反送中? 这根本就是民粹。读读别尔嘉耶夫的书,看看俄国人当初是怎么弄死沙俄,最后挖了一个大坑,自己跳进去的。
tribalation
tribalation 11 hours ago
Wasting time
Ángel Portillo
Ángel Portillo 11 hours ago
It’s been withdrawn!
a b
a b 11 hours ago
So what I got from this is that the Hong Kong government proposed a bill and their people didn't like it so theyre attacking China?
Kevin Schwartz
Kevin Schwartz 7 hours ago
a b well China owns them, sort of a two systems one government deal. Britain have Hong king back to China a few years back. China ever since has been choosing who is in power in Hong Kong. That’s why they are revolting against China.
MyBreno1
MyBreno1 14 hours ago
People power is more powerful than any government in the world
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka 15 hours ago
A life was given to bring about a change.
Elton Don Dada
Elton Don Dada 15 hours ago
China is just too big for western style democracy. It isn't authoritarian it's just China.
Zyac Cholly
Zyac Cholly 17 hours ago
it's British colony without any rights and democracy before 1998. haven't heard any western media complain about how British colonization government violated the rights. British polices are much more violent on dealing with rioters at that time.
Nhu Pham
Nhu Pham 17 hours ago
I support what you guys are doing
Thomas MacKelly
Thomas MacKelly 17 hours ago
I support Hong Kong from America! Power to the People!
Chesca Rodriguez C,
Chesca Rodriguez C, 22 hours ago
Chinese government is a big bully, we are so aware of that!I have Chinese friends who don't want to return to their native land at all!
吴卓然
吴卓然 10 hours ago
Iraq has "freedom", I recommend your friend to immigrate to Iraq lol
TheSterStrippedGamer
Bro I don’t see anything.
Papito Diaz
Papito Diaz 12 hours ago
TheSterStrippedGamer its bc you have 1 sub, i dont have any vids and i have 10 subs. you are garbage
Deborah Chambers
Listen, right now the people are not protesting against the bill. Right now they are protesting against the way they were treated because of protesting. They want freedom of speech. Not only that, I want you all to know that part of the protesting is also for freedom of religion. Right now many Hong Kong Christians are going to be persecuted by the Chinese government. @
Maqdas Abdiqadir
We can use the people to raid area 51
Maqdas Abdiqadir
We can use the people to raid area 51
Raymond Law
Raymond Law Day ago
The chinese have always been treating hong kong as nothing more than a colony, don't mistake them for benevolent rulers, the CCP is imperalist, just ask tibet, Xinjiang.....
Crüsh
Crüsh Day ago
Everyone making a joke about a man killing his girlfriend wouldn't be joking if it was their sister or mother. What a disgrace. He killed her while she was pregnant too. Disgusting!
LUCYy WEI
LUCYy WEI Day ago
Now in October is not only simple as a protest 4 months ago
Victoria
Victoria Day ago
If anyone sees this in the future... I hope you pulled your head out of your *ss and learned everyone has the rights to their own beliefs. Hopefully things have changed for the better
kyle sessing
kyle sessing Day ago
I Stand With Hong Kong Forever. Fight for our ☆Right☆ to be Free! To live as the Chinese do is NOT LIVING!!! You must persevere. Stand Strong with HK.
ko ko
ko ko Day ago
Free hongkong🇰🇷🇭🇰
bib_dilii cocow
“It's about the status of Hong Kong and the power China has over it." This conveys a message that Hong Kong is not part of China... when it is, at least atm, whether you like it or not. So Vox, please do not mislead anyone. I'm just telling the truth about where HK belong atm, not the future because right now, u never know.
bib_dilii cocow
Anyways, I just wanna conduct a survey as to those who don't appreciate the CCP, and those who "hate" China, do yall hate Chinese or is it just the government? Cos I've, and my friends who are Chinese, have received discrimination from HK ppl because of our nationality. Like that's not right, that's just racist.
bib_dilii cocow
the easiest way is probably changing China into Beijing.
bib_dilii cocow
Basically what you, Vox, is portraying is that HK did not belong to China in the first place so China was who was wrong all the way when it simply wasn't. Well you see, that's not really the truth if you know the history. China wasn't exactly the strongest nation when England invaded, and because of the geographical location (great for exports etc), the English wanted to "borrow" HK for 99/100 years. Because of the inferiority in power at that time, China was basically forced to hand over HK. after 99 years, HK finally returned to China. BUT, this had caused all the trouble of different opinions, e.g. "because of England, HK flourished so therefore I think HK is better off with England instead of this poor uncivilised country of China" and "I feel great, finally I can reunite with my motherland". Contrasting opinions were created and arguments boomed. Anyways, HK is, at least was, part of China, so Vox, please use your words properly and don't mislead people please.
yer mums butthole
I wonder if hongkong was still under America's control if this would still be happening
nirosh sandaruwan
one country two system that is the problem
KhλlidNandaru
Imagine if you eat your friend cooker, it starts a revolution
Rizkid K
Rizkid K Day ago
Create a tennis court something!
BalF
BalF Day ago
Hong Kong protests explained: just another CIA funded coloured revolution/terrorist rebellion...
楊絮子naomi
I can’t believe this is still going on, it feels so unreal
Angie
Angie Day ago
This has still been going on and it’s getting worse :(
Max Dubs
Max Dubs Day ago
To see all these protestors so passionate about this, really makes me want to fight for them and they definitly are right theres no denying some countries governments is disgusting. Ww3 on its way? Maybe...
Tranquility
Tranquility Day ago
It’s kinda weird to see English text in in Hong Kong or any part of Asia.
808AllDay
808AllDay 2 days ago
Wait, so why can't Hong Kong write an extradition deal with Taiwan without including mainland China?
Papito Diaz
Papito Diaz 12 hours ago
808AllDay bc china controls the majority of actions. hong kong still fall under some of china's controls
Learn It
Learn It 2 days ago
It all started with the love for tea ☕️ from the BRITISH
Zoe
Zoe 2 days ago
I like how these videos never really say what the war really was but conveniently describe it as war. It was the Opium Wars and it was Great Britain basically demanding to trade their opium with China for tea and silver and China refusing. Great Britain declared war and China had to lease HK to Great Britain to end the war.
Some Kek
Some Kek 2 days ago
0:57 wrong pronounced i guess
Luiz Delgado
Luiz Delgado 2 days ago
0:01 Neymar?
David Martin
David Martin 2 days ago
Although the Korean government cannot directly express its position due to economic problems, we Koreans wish Hong Kong freedom. I hope you win freedom just like Korea did in the past. The Korean people fought without any support, but now there are countless foreign journalists in Hong Kong. Let's hope you get your own freedom back with them!
Drew Hurst
Drew Hurst 2 days ago
Return the 30 LegCo seats that business controls, to the people for their vote, then system will become democratic and fair. The bill is just a distraction from the real change needed in the broken undemocratic LegCo system. Clearly the system needs to change to represent the people better. Majority of businesses will always be pro-china because they put profit before people, money before country and finance before freedom. These business seats are probably representatives of multinational corporations and therefore not really representing Hong Kong anyway. The majority of people need to be able to control of the majority of seats and the way the system is now is broken and favours China so the system needs to change to be able to represent the people more fairly.
Mariana S.
Mariana S. 2 days ago
Historic moment. Don't stop it.
LazyBones
LazyBones 2 days ago
Seem the violence is still being covered up The Hong Kong people still hold a Chinese philosophy except it unity for Hong alone Tbh China might split in 100 years and become like the US but I how they can do better.
Jack Wong
Jack Wong 2 days ago
Look at the USSR when it transformed into a democratic federation overnight. Poverty became widespread, as did famine. Infant mortality increased, gangsters and prostitutes roamed the streets, and the entire economy imploded. The effects are still seen today, almost 30 years in the making. Democracy does not work in a country as heavily populated as China. Look at India, look at how democracy has treated the Indians - uncontrolled birth rate, expanding poverty, widening wealth distribution amongst the people, illiteracy, high crime rates, government corruption etc.
azad rumu
azad rumu 2 days ago
Nooooooooo my outside life is over forever!! 😭💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔
Danny _
Danny _ 2 days ago
these people are awesome
jjj jj
jjj jj 2 days ago
People are literally destroying public properties causing the city paralysis, these rebels would beat up people for sharing their opinions, and you tell me they are freedom fighters? I don’t think so. In my country we call them criminals.
Joshua N
Joshua N 2 days ago
Power to ya! Love from Australia!
Deewas Tamang
Deewas Tamang 2 days ago
That killer is a joker
Sarah Echo
Sarah Echo 2 days ago
They are Terrorists and Rioters, hundreds of policemen got assaulted, their family are threatened, they are not protesters
Ali Asad Rajani
Ali Asad Rajani 2 days ago
whose here in 2047?
Casey Zahorik
Casey Zahorik 2 days ago
Something that brings a smile to my face is I am finally seeing something that both major sides of the US political system agree on. It almost brings a tear to my eye.
Vincent Sun
Vincent Sun 2 days ago
2:55 people's right to Freedom of speech, Freedom of assembly, and Freedom of press are listed in the 1982 Constitution of People's Republic of China
Eugene Vaticinator
You're telling me.. They want change now.. But will accept total assimilation in 2047? I'm no fortune teller but regardless of the outcome of this, there's another riot waiting to happen.
TG 125
TG 125 2 days ago
Yup. Imagine how large the protest will be on the last day of 2046
simone
simone 3 days ago
Parabéns Povo. Fuera Bolsonaro. Lula Libre. Lula Livre.
Samantha Sanchez
Samantha Sanchez 3 days ago
Love it!! History in d making!!
Will Mac
Will Mac 3 days ago
Xi won't last long.
david casner
david casner 3 days ago
This would be the USA with out the 2nd Amendment. Imagine if every protester had a combat rifle. The Government would be at it's knees.
Redjake Bull
Redjake Bull 18 hours ago
Yeah just imagine 2 million people with rifle...
The Liberty
The Liberty 3 days ago
china no.99, Hong kong No.1
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