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.
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    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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  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago +2048

    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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    • Hemant Save
      Hemant Save 4 hours ago

      That really is a big crowd

    • Yin Zhang
      Yin Zhang 2 days ago

      We are very peaceful, we set fire on people

    • Killer Crustacean
      Killer Crustacean 2 days ago

      Vox It’s gotten pretty violent though

  • Kearifamous C
    Kearifamous C Hour ago

    There would never had threatening that China overrun hongkong for it's law because due on that case. It's fair trial which I understand is only thing possible, what do they think better advance prediction over that law is now protesting in present.

  • Jitender Kumar The Royal Rajput

    Hong Kong should be free as soon as possible...a huge support from India to Hong Kong protest for their freedom

  • 1GoldRunner
    1GoldRunner 2 hours ago

    Once China takes hold, just watch, any mention of this will be eradicated and thousands of people will be abused and murdered.

  • Bob Belcher
    Bob Belcher 2 hours ago

    Our kids will learn the violence and terrorism that occurred during this time. A man killed by a brick thrown to the head. An old man burned to death when confronting protestors. A police officer shot by an arrow, a garage truck trying to do his job having Molotovs thrown at his vehicle. This is what the world will remember. Not even our American pro pro Ganda news outlets can hide these horrors now. These rioters have shown their true colors

  • 1GoldRunner
    1GoldRunner 2 hours ago

    When you get a taste of freedom, no one wants to give it up. I feel bad for these people, every single one.

  • Hemant Save
    Hemant Save 4 hours ago

    That seems to be a big crowd

  • 霖Yan
    霖Yan 6 hours ago

    They illustrate the new era of violence in the name of "freedom," the destruction of subway stations, highways, schools, shops

  • Jay
    Jay 7 hours ago

    What if one day, China does another massacre in Hong Kong and all the countries of the world just decide to stop China together?

    EVAN TOT TV 7 hours ago

    So what happened to the murder in taiwan??

  • Toby Ou
    Toby Ou 10 hours ago

    i mean i cant blame the people. since the legislator even said they are young, they still have a chance to leave the country

  • Asaad Luaibi
    Asaad Luaibi 11 hours ago

    Thank you VOX this is a very good report. However, we did need to know the reason why Britain made or agreed to the loopholes in the agreement between China and UK..

  • Kid
    Kid 14 hours ago

    The protest has literally turned into war.

  • Kim Jong Un
    Kim Jong Un 17 hours ago

    Imagine north koreans doing these.

  • Art B.
    Art B. 18 hours ago +1

    Our support! Greetings from Catalonia! 阿育王朝! 加泰罗尼亚颂歌!

  • Poison Dragon Slayer
    Poison Dragon Slayer 18 hours ago

    China just start WW3 so you can just get whatever you want

  • Waroon Piyanirun
    Waroon Piyanirun 18 hours ago

    What the democrecy their need?
    In this"situation" isn't enough?
    Can they destroy London like this?

  • 面具疯狂
    面具疯狂 19 hours ago


  • Unidentified
    Unidentified 20 hours ago +1

    Western expats are the real problem in HK

  • you gu
    you gu Day ago

    The free and peaceful demonstration released a murderer, so did the victims sacrifice themselves for lofty goals? Should the parents of the victims be proud of it? Did you not care about human nature when discussing politics?Or murder doesn't exist.....

  • J•Erik
    J•Erik Day ago

    Chan be like: "im gonna do what's called a progamer move"

  • Edward Chan
    Edward Chan Day ago +1

    Update: the government has already used the emergency law to directly pass another horrible law and completely ignored the Legislative Council.

  • Mugeunji Maeun Galbee-Jim


    JR LATIP GACHA Day ago

    I came here because of hongkong purge

  • yêu Bolero
    yêu Bolero Day ago

    Stand with Hong Kong, free Hong Kong

  • Jason Ong厨房佬

    That's how hong Kong byebye

  • JK
    JK Day ago

    Its a good movie from hong kong. Its a new city create by student , its hongkongwood.

  • nguyên trường
    nguyên trường Day ago +1

    China is a country thief

  • Maxim Petruk
    Maxim Petruk Day ago +1


  • almost_ saint
    almost_ saint Day ago

    Is it a mess created by the British?

  • Petar Cosic
    Petar Cosic Day ago +1

    China Uncensored RU-clip channel,check it out,you will get links to more channels like these.

  • Thomas Siegel
    Thomas Siegel Day ago

    I wonder how many people have been arrested by the chinese government using their faces in this video.

  • Dilly Billy
    Dilly Billy Day ago

    Sooo did they lock up the murder in Hong Kong jail, since he confessed to a murder?

    • 张政
      张政 17 hours ago

      He has been released from prison, and Taiwan's government, fearing to influence the election and unwilling to arrest him, refused him entry

  • not RICEY
    not RICEY Day ago

    Yo what’s good people of 2100

  • MBJ920
    MBJ920 Day ago +2

    So are these Hong Kongers essentially saving this murderer, that was mentioned in the beginning of the video, from facing punishment in Taiwan? Shouldn’t that individual be extradited? I understand this one case does not apply to all citizens but he should still be given a punishment

    • MBJ920
      MBJ920 Day ago

      Zomio Zander yes thank you, this is what I was getting to. How does this exactly affect the freedom of the citizens in Hong Kong. Yes I know that could mean China will “extradite” or deport citizens when they’d like, but that was due to probable reason because the guy murdered his girlfriend and it was obvious. I don’t see how this affects an average, non criminal citizen

    • Zomio Zander
      Zomio Zander Day ago +2

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing, but after attempting to think about it from Hong Kong's perspective; they see one bad person that needs to be punished, but the law being changed for one person or a few here and there; will drastically affect all of Hong Kong, and would be at the mercy of Chinese punishment. So, the actions of one person should not negatively affect the freedoms of an entire society.

  • boy UBI
    boy UBI Day ago


  • Sherwin Paulin
    Sherwin Paulin 2 days ago

    Hong Kong people vs the Republic of China

  • koemi bennett
    koemi bennett 2 days ago +3

    i hate how people are taking this as a joke in the comments. us hongkongers are actually really hurt. we suffer everyday now because of how bad its become. so please stop making jokes about this and this future nonsense. we get it.

    • SpeedStriker
      SpeedStriker Day ago

      The ones making the jokes are the clowns in black. We're just laughing.
      Fight or freedom! Revolution in due time!

    • Zomio Zander
      Zomio Zander Day ago

      Yes, the jokes are inappropriate, but one thing about human nature; regardless of how much we deny it, you can tell when people are scared when they start making light of the situation. Also, many are consumed by the media on both sides of the situation; some believe the protesters want murders to be free, while others see an entire society being punished for one person's actions.

  • একটি লুকানো লোক এল

    Chinese people have lot of freedom. It is just all of you do not believe.

    • Zomio Zander
      Zomio Zander Day ago +2

      Yes, everyone has freedoms, but it's the actions taken against those who practice extra freedoms or freedoms that much of the world has, that society will say a country is not free. Take much of the middle east and China has little freedom of religion, that is telling the rest of the world "you are all wrong, and our country is right, we don't want you here, and we don't want your beliefs here." That is a religious war, and by not allowing your own people to gain the wisdom of all societies, your eliminating necessary freedoms required for citizens to grow and expand as part of this world, not just a single country.

  • Lilie Chang
    Lilie Chang 2 days ago +1

    as a korean i support for HK
    and all korean people support to HK !!! Freedom HK !
    Hongkong is not part of China

  • Epophis Chui
    Epophis Chui 2 days ago +2

    If you trust China you will have a bad ending

  • Epophis Chui
    Epophis Chui 2 days ago +1

    Don’t trust China

  • Suying Li
    Suying Li 2 days ago +1

    This video is kind of "ONE SIDE". I can see from the title and the "evidence" or the behind message that tries to tell us. Even my English teacher has taught us in our debate or Argumentative essay. Use evidence to let people agree with your point but you have to show "both sides of the point of view" not just ONLY ONE side or else is not a debate essay just an essay about your own personal option. Not showing both sides of the evidence just like you not letting people choose what they want or what they want to believe.

  • jie tan
    jie tan 2 days ago


  • aly wongster
    aly wongster 2 days ago

    China is becoming North Korea

  • Max S
    Max S 2 days ago +2

    What if China came and took all the people in this video to arrest them

  • Ahanaf Tahmeed Rahman
    Ahanaf Tahmeed Rahman 2 days ago +1

    British are responsible for everything 😂

  • Marycluerms Jz
    Marycluerms Jz 2 days ago

    China is greedy!🤬

  • Steven Polkinghorn
    Steven Polkinghorn 2 days ago +2

    "Autonomy" means capitalism but they can't say it.
    "Authoritarian, legal system that punishes those who speak out against the state" means Communism/Socialism. But they can't say it.

    • Ashubel Sam
      Ashubel Sam 9 hours ago +1

      No authoritarian can be democratic too... communistic and socialistic is abit dif

  • Mox Guerra
    Mox Guerra 2 days ago

    What will happen if someone threw a grenade in either side and cause Deaths? Will there be a war?

  • Euna C
    Euna C 2 days ago

    7:27 "Do you hear the people"
    What? Sing?
    Singing the songs of angry men?
    Is this the music of the people who will not be--

  • EK Lim
    EK Lim 2 days ago

    the last straw that broke the camel's back

  • deus abençoe amen
    deus abençoe amen 2 days ago

    hongkongnes dog,hong kong police very good

  • Jeffrey Zheng
    Jeffrey Zheng 2 days ago

    4:14 Maybe you're the excuse for China to not like you

  • ke he
    ke he 2 days ago +1

    it dose not matter, the land is ours, the land is China's land

  • Ryan Bahe
    Ryan Bahe 2 days ago +3

    The world knows not to trust the regime of China. Hong Kong should be granted a sovereign city-state like Singapore. Hong Kong can survive without China.

  • Tijn Crevecoeur
    Tijn Crevecoeur 2 days ago +1

    "Hong konergers" They're Cantonese. I wish VOX would do a little more research because this is one of the most important revolutions in modern history

    • Riston Vesotsky
      Riston Vesotsky 2 days ago +1

      "Hong Kongers" is their Nationality. Plus, although they are ethnic Chinese, that can be argued as they do have a very distinct culture with western aspects, similar to Singapore. What's for sure is that they deserve to be their own country.

  • limbuhang1
    limbuhang1 2 days ago

    "China’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy and its suppression of pro-democracy voices in recent years have fueled opposition, with many protesters now seeing the current demonstrations as Hong Kong’s last stand to preserve its freedoms."

  • Leinard Esteves
    Leinard Esteves 2 days ago +12

    China’s starting a lot of beef with a lot of countries

  • H Qiu
    H Qiu 2 days ago +1

    The people's republic of China where people doesn't matter