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Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

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  • Published on:  Saturday, June 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: https://www.viveos.net/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: http://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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  • Vox


     5 months ago +2647

    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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  • Tran Son

    Tran Son

     7 hours ago

    The protest are turning into war to me

  • 멸공의소비에트 연방

    멸공의소비에트 연방


    Free hongkong 🇭🇰

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    Free hongkong

  • Frozen Boy

    Frozen Boy

     2 days ago

    I have a bad feelings when Hong Kong fall

  • Kaylee Nguyen

    Kaylee Nguyen

     2 days ago

    What if..someone bombed china for hong kong

  • Asif Shahriyar

    Asif Shahriyar

     2 days ago

    Such a touchy protest against Dominant force. Definitely Hong Kong will leave a mark to fight for justice in this very planet.

  • Swamp Fox

    Swamp Fox

     3 days ago

    Why are all countries present suffering from BRATAIN'S EVIL WORK in the past?

  • Danice Ross Anne Cabañez

    Danice Ross Anne Cabañez

     3 days ago

    Even Hongkong people hate China

  • Muhammad Haris

    Muhammad Haris

     4 days ago

    Their protest doesn't make sense. They were part of china and also afrer that hongkong is the britain colony. History tells us that today those cointries which were part of the british colony are still struggling and still stuck in problem. Poor economy. Thats because of the colony model.

  • philippine kkk Rebellion

    philippine kkk Rebellion

     4 days ago

    I support this rebelion

  • 小yt揉.


     4 days ago

    thank u support hongkong protester

  • Heather Field

    Heather Field

     4 days ago +1

    Would like to see some thing about what's going on in france

  • 苟群主


     4 days ago +1


  • The Ratman

    The Ratman

     4 days ago +1

    Feb 8 is my birthday.....

  • TS F

    TS F

     5 days ago

    Bring down the Chinese dictator regime.

  • Saipan


     5 days ago +1

    加油,香港人!! from 🇯🇵

  • Dark Gaming

    Dark Gaming

     5 days ago

    Free Hong Kong

  • 羅德夫


     6 days ago

    Happy Hongkong New Year!

  • Shahid khan777

    Shahid khan777

     7 days ago +1

    Ye kyaaa hai 😱😱😱