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The people of Hong Kong are protesting in record-breaking numbers.
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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+%22underground+front%22&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 7 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
Emm Wen
Emm Wen 18 days ago
@香港废青亲爸岳晨 The media does nothing but Slander Trump despite everything he's accomplished. Despite the fact that he is the BEST president ever in the history of America.
tangwei qian
tangwei qian 2 months ago
@Sharon Tate 尼玛的和平抗议,香港从来都不是一个国家
Raimundo Silva
Raimundo Silva 2 months ago
A b***** dela para meter a pica rapaz b***** dela para meter a minha
Raimundo Silva
Raimundo Silva 2 months ago
Espírita da ela mostrando a b***** espírito manda ela oferecer a
Raimundo Silva
Raimundo Silva 2 months ago
Agora é minha rola grande junta da minha rola do meu saco se ela quiser ela que escolhe a rola um saco o saco meu pai manda
Gerald wang
Gerald wang 8 hours ago
Hong Kong is Chinese Hong Kong,Hong Kong always is Chinese Hong Kong.Never change!
John Kelly
John Kelly 10 hours ago
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SīdDú Âj
SīdDú Âj 20 hours ago
Even in 2047, i want hk to fought for hk and let everyone be part to support them.
Frog Cute
Frog Cute 20 hours ago
So proud of people of Hong Kong to fight for justice
Mr. Nonsense
Mr. Nonsense Day ago
This reminds me of “The Giver” Once people see freedom, and how things *could* be, they never go back...
Old Account
Old Account Day ago
Free Hong Kong, they're happier when they're not under China's rule
John Koepper
John Koepper Day ago
Then all of the sudden BOOM! corona virus comes out during this. Very shady
old eight
old eight Day ago
can you just imagine how big the protest would be if China just took democracy all away all at once in 2047??? This is sort of a buffer, i don't really disaopprove the Chinese on this one.
Fabrizio Diaz
Fabrizio Diaz 2 days ago
My hope is that this doesn't become into another Tiananmen Square (not sure if its spelled as so) this event shook the world, and this is too.
DARK STUDIOS
DARK STUDIOS 2 days ago
An way to get corona in 10 seconds
SEONG_ 17
SEONG_ 17 2 days ago
Free Hong kong! And China is liar!😠😡🤬
估计吧哈哈哈
You say China has no judicial independence? thats ridiculous . The CIA led by the United States is promoting all this. Think about how terrible the United States is
정꺄꺄꺄
정꺄꺄꺄 2 days ago
Anyone after COVID-19?
22314 bb
22314 bb 2 days ago
Can anyone provide some actual article about the numerous council within the legislative council complex? Just been assign to an assessment of legislation and public decisions, it would be excellent to see some actual real-life example about the general industry would affect the legislation.
XY L
XY L 3 days ago
感动哭了,你们确实会被记入史册 for wrong example
Jollibee Delivery
USA LOVES HONGKONG ❤
Orca 2k
Orca 2k 3 days ago
That’s why China released their bio weapon
Ganga
Ganga 3 days ago
Need Video On India CAA Bill
Antonio Fernandez
Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!
Way Bo
Way Bo 3 days ago
Hong kong hong kong hong kong!!!!
Jack Li LEGO studio
Funny how we talk about police "brutality" when the protesters have been destroying subways, burning universities, lighting an old man on fire, stabbing policemen, even throwing firebombs at school buses. Yep, that's some really "peaceful" protests right there.
Squelch
Squelch 4 days ago
It should say covid 19 explained !
Nik Petrovski
Nik Petrovski 4 days ago
Even though History will tell how the people of Hong Kong fought, if China wins it will rewrite/erase history... just like what its doing with the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Onkar Tambe
Onkar Tambe 4 days ago
It's better to visit Hong Kong before 2047 .
Falman -
Falman - 4 days ago
I might be the first one to even think this.. but isnt it wierd how the protest finished and corona virus started!!!
TheFunZ GT
TheFunZ GT 4 days ago
Why just independent from china?
ZERØ
ZERØ 5 days ago
Europe stands with Hong Kong
Hatantuul tuul
Hatantuul tuul 5 days ago
Hong Kong is 1 - CANTONESE PEOPLE 2 - CHINESE PEOPLE
John
John 5 days ago
煞笔港,给人当枪使
David Wong
David Wong 5 days ago
Free HK
Drowser Lxur
Drowser Lxur 6 days ago
这节目能说点真话么???
Indian Citizen
Indian Citizen 6 days ago
All democratic countries should stand with the freedom loving people of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet , China against the CCP
missqueen_ gaming
Like in indonesia but in hongkong have some much protester
Chuck Taylor
Chuck Taylor 6 days ago
Now people are not allowed to a crowd. Hmmm how come? Besides "the pandemic" and the virus happened to come from China?
염세주의자
염세주의자 6 days ago
香港人 反抗 光復香港 時代革命 香港加油!!!
jaadoo from unknown planet
Plz dnt find against the super power you dnt want to loose your life..
Gurinder Singh
Gurinder Singh 7 days ago
Hong Kong protesters are lucky that they live in China not India where such protesters would have been killed in police firing for setting fire to property. Treasure your destiny. Or try Google about India called worlds largest democracy.
Swayamsiddha S
Swayamsiddha S 7 days ago
Its sad to see that you need to fight everytime you want to pass a bill 😔
Swayamsiddha S
Swayamsiddha S 7 days ago
British.. British.. In every border war.. 🤦‍♀️
Petros
Petros 7 days ago
Interesting considering todays current events, wouldn’t you say?
노노맨
노노맨 7 days ago
홍콩 선진시민들은 중국한테 이기길 바란다. 한국은 이미 몰락했다
响彻
响彻 8 days ago
Hong Kong's land is Chinese, protesters get out of Hong Kong, you can enjoy your freedom, but you can not split the land
响彻
响彻 8 days ago
Hong Kong's land is Chinese, protesters get out of Hong Kong, you can enjoy your freedom, but you can not split the land
响彻
响彻 8 days ago
Hong Kong's land is Chinese, protesters get out of Hong Kong, you can enjoy your freedom, but you can not split the land
响彻
响彻 8 days ago
Hong Kong's land is Chinese, protesters get out of Hong Kong, you can enjoy your freedom, but you can not split the land
响彻
响彻 8 days ago
There are still many people in Hong Kong who agree that they are Chinese. What about them? You secessionists can do whatever you want? lol🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
Thicc boi named Scarce
Here's your 50 cents to buy yourself some armadillo soup! Glory to Chairman Mao, the true Lord of the universe!
John Fysh Iridium Liao
they can't protest now :(
facts realtruth
facts realtruth 8 days ago
corona virus created to stop this protesters now the world is suffering
sincere
sincere 8 days ago
光復香港
David Wong
David Wong 5 days ago
時代革命
8scatterbrain8
8scatterbrain8 9 days ago
what happened to the murderer though?
You Know Who
You Know Who Day ago
Still eating peanuts in front of the TV in Hong Kong
渡辺勝弘
渡辺勝弘 9 days ago
香港加油。誰に読まれなくても良いから書きました:④LittleMixPower全ての芸術作品に言えると思うが「 これは私のために作られた作品だ 」と思わせたら製作者の勝ち
Leader Unit H4L
Leader Unit H4L 9 days ago
Better dead than red
Josh fromgta6
Josh fromgta6 5 days ago
"Death is a preferable option than communism" - Liberty Prime
Been Washedup
Been Washedup 9 days ago
This is the only thing I say to Hong Kong citizens. Buy American of you order from e bay tell them you want a American made product look for them thiere on the internet...
Kennis Cheung
Kennis Cheung 9 days ago
Thank you! Please Stand with Hong Kong! Fight for Freedom!
Shan Hu
Shan Hu 10 days ago
My mom was raging about this case in Taiwan, but I didnt knoe this cases was the instigator of the protest.
Light Quarters
Light Quarters 10 days ago
光復香港,時代革命!
alvinh
alvinh 10 days ago
this gives me WW2 vibes
Joel Marasigan
Joel Marasigan 11 days ago
So this is the reason why china created corona virus
Nicholas Costello
Nicholas Costello 11 days ago
2043 year ?????
中原
中原 11 days ago
This bunch of waste wasted too many masks
Kyle
Kyle 11 days ago
Democracy, that is a funny word in socialism countries. Silencing people could be done in many ways, public companies are under the control of the government, that means your job, your career could be affected if what you speak or post is again the system. Corruption is happening all over the place. A system run by a bunch of people with their descendants, connection and relative are the things that help you get to a higher position. Not so many policies bring benefit to the people that this system is supposed to serve: the workers, since electors and ministers are afraid to make any change in raising living standard cuz they are afraid of other will take credit for that when their term is over. I could understand why so many people are so desperate for their freedom like that.
ReyCloud9
ReyCloud9 11 days ago
authorities in china: we dont know how to stop them COVID-19: hold my virus
wanghui chu
wanghui chu 12 days ago
意识形态之争可以把人变成疯子,以色列与巴勒斯坦争了2000年,打了2000年,信奉真主还是信奉基督? 为了意识形态! 可以把人变得疯狂。怪不得毛泽东最看重意识形态之争。这个视频看到的是意识形态之争下面的疯狂。
Maggie
Maggie 12 days ago
Why don‘t you show those violent “roits” who attacked innocents who has different views and ruin HK cities????
TellingTheTruth and only the Truth
Better than Chinese causing genocide the world and still recently open back disgusting wet markets. The world hates China and Chinese, now overseas Chinese and Asian face racism because of China.
Brett Levin
Brett Levin 12 days ago
China is ASSHOE
You Know Who
You Know Who Day ago
Hole
Kulia Kaleiohi
Kulia Kaleiohi 12 days ago
Hong Kong is basically the California of China.
Kulia Kaleiohi
Kulia Kaleiohi 12 days ago
Wait, are they writing a history book about the 21st Century?
damina ferenc
damina ferenc 13 days ago
RUvid algorithm got me here after Nathan Rich's video. And SURPRISE it's full of anti China biases. Starting from "China lost a series of wars...." How about Hong Kong was kidnapped from China for 99 years? Get your facts right first please.
Debaangshu Sen
Debaangshu Sen 11 days ago
It’s covered in the borders series. Go check that out.
Pussbeaver
Pussbeaver 13 days ago
I hope China invades HK...
Nazi
Nazi 14 days ago
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our problem" -Charlie chaplin
Nazi
Nazi 11 days ago
@MikeyPaper then don't read this comment or reply
MikeyPaper
MikeyPaper 11 days ago
Cheap low effort useless quote
GOURAV ROYCHOUDHURY
Long love HONG KONG...kick out China from world map china is a curse for this world
le boi
le boi 14 days ago
this makes me A N G E R Y
Zenbeach Traveler
Zenbeach Traveler 14 days ago
And all this started with a Murder..... how this history begun is just cheap,
Paremedics Jeremy
Paremedics Jeremy 14 days ago
... and even if we failed, history would say they did put a fight. NO! history would be twisted by china 😔
Between Worldz
Between Worldz 15 days ago
Welp. Corona sure shut the protests down. Who thinks this a little convenient? Have we heard one peep about Hong Kong since.
sky blue sky blue
sky blue sky blue 15 days ago
China is very worst country in world 😡
Christine Yuan
Christine Yuan 15 days ago
China: give HK the best we have HK: no. i love my foreign dad
王大豚
王大豚 15 days ago
Hong Kong is a part of China and some rioters are destroying this beautiful place
TheSumerianGod
TheSumerianGod 16 days ago
Only want to clear them?? A virus.
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