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 context on Hong Kong’s history with China, you can watch 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: tvclip.biz/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 • 9 528

  • Vox
    Vox  17 days ago +795

    UPDATE: Protesters in Hong Kong forced their way into the legislature on July 1, taking over the building on the 22nd anniversary of the city-state’s handover from Britain to China. The occupation is likely a turning point in what have been relatively peaceful - and powerful - demonstrations. Read more: www.vox.com/world/2019/7/1/20677066/hong-kong-protests-legislative-council

    • Anita Wu
      Anita Wu 17 hours ago

      @understandable What about robbing your house and paying for the food and drinks I took from your fridge ?

    • David Ma
      David Ma Day ago

      @Keranie Wong well, violance doesn't bring anything good. Violance will be replied with violance. So don't cry when violance land on the protestors. If you hurt a cop, what would you expect the cop do. Besides I have seen the protestors behave like bully and thugs. by all means not all, but some. Which is enough to question the validity of these protest.

    • Dq L
      Dq L Day ago

      @Trash Can that's typically a western speech...

  • Vijay 1630
    Vijay 1630 13 hours ago

    Love and support Hong Kong from India. 🇮🇳🇭🇰

  • B C
    B C 13 hours ago

    Hong Kong needs to vote for its own president. Form a military and country. Or borrow military from the US to fight the mainland.

  • Maria Lai Alesova
    Maria Lai Alesova 14 hours ago

    Thank you for explaining me this 😁👍🙏

  • Wasdz
    Wasdz 16 hours ago +2

    what ever happened to the guy who murdered his girlfriend? if there's a winner in this story it's him. If he got away with it that is.

  • UR Daddy
    UR Daddy 17 hours ago

    Should have special order to arrest this Murder only !!! Or make a special order only for this murderer

  • Ng Sze Hon
    Ng Sze Hon 17 hours ago +2

    Some are hired by Americans to mess up Hong kong

  • Ng Sze Hon
    Ng Sze Hon 17 hours ago +2

    Some people are hired from America because China is winning against America make Hong Kong messy so China will be behind America

  • viking saxon
    viking saxon 18 hours ago

    // All Over The Former British Empire You Can Still Hear "Ahh When The British Where Here Our Lives Where Good." !!

  • Mount Gaming
    Mount Gaming 18 hours ago +5

    Everyone: Is Hong Kong part of China??
    China and UK: Well yes, but actually no

  • AMS93
    AMS93 20 hours ago

    This makes me angry... Why can't China accept the fact that they can't rule it all... HK has his own system, own language, own education etc. China sees HK as a big business to earn money. China only sees economical benefits. So sad... GO HK!!! Don't be silenced.

  • 说别人五毛的都是领民主经费的

    Keep being fool
    6.30 the Police support movement, where is it then?
    Thank god we Chinese playing the game of politics with dozens of fools

  • Danzel Tifa Grey

    be strong Hongkong we're on your side always

  • Raymond
    Raymond Day ago

    But Hong Kong people....are from china. Is written in the history. Hong Kong people are Chinese even if you don't like being called Chinese...your Chinese, is a fact.

    • M N F
      M N F 23 hours ago

      During those 99 years, they were technically members of the British empire. All the behavior and customs adapted by them. So even though they're from Chinese roots, they're more British deep down.

  • 30611 L
    30611 L Day ago


  • san ran
    san ran Day ago +4

    Why didn't you fight before 1997? You are just slaves of your GB master,lol

  • KE KE
    KE KE Day ago

    Tell you a short joke- young people of HK

  • Salman Haider
    Salman Haider Day ago

    yeah again Britain !!

  • Paz Walker
    Paz Walker Day ago

    Hong kong should be next Singapore.

  • zhuoyang zou
    zhuoyang zou Day ago +1

    such students are so easy to be impact, 70% of them even know nothing about the new law.

  • Qiao Hong
    Qiao Hong Day ago

    Why everybody want to demonize China?Who said the democracy is the only right way? Have you people ever lived in China? I do, and I trust China's legal system. People's Republic of China does have some shortcomings but which country does not? I have a pretty good life in China and I think I got enough freedom in my life. Chinese government is not the evil that you think.

  • Gouzai Shi
    Gouzai Shi Day ago +1

    dont let the protestor feel so arrogant

  • Chin gu Yummie's Channel

    Is this hapening there ohhh my goshhh...

  • abdeenn3
    abdeenn3 Day ago

    Bunches of loser who are against anything about China but worship the Old Colonial Master.
    Let see what the future will bring.
    Hong Kong, you are declining by day, by month and by year.

  • Harvey An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Royce

    HK has fallen due to China not honouring the agreement. 6:07 Thats all the video needed to say. It's over.

  • 二木
    二木 Day ago


  • papasult y
    papasult y Day ago +2

    *Britain is so proud of you*

  • Alex H Yong
    Alex H Yong 2 days ago

    the last half minute puts me on the edge of tears

  • zhang ge
    zhang ge 2 days ago +4


  • 龙丹丹
    龙丹丹 2 days ago +5

    why do not introduce us more about the bill itself?that matters most because we need to make it clear whether central government obey the agreement and whether exceed its power.we must figure out what the fact is then we can make judgements.

  • Muslim Furry
    Muslim Furry 2 days ago

    Who come here because of no idea animation video

  • ou l
    ou l 2 days ago +1

    Let these violence go to us and UK, haha

  • Just Clowning
    Just Clowning 2 days ago +2

    Good luck Hong Kong ......
    🇺🇸 hopes you succeed!

  • Arsbek Bek
    Arsbek Bek 2 days ago +1

    now i know that the true ruler of the world not USA nether USSR. it was and still UK. Named GREAT britain by itself with a old grandma QUEEN. and English language thats why spread woldwide instead of USSRs russians. they destroyed USSR internal trough traitors Gorbachev and Yeltcin. the small Island colonized huge lands. thats interesting.

    • Magister vulpes
      Magister vulpes 16 hours ago

      Yeah no. You've confused a few things, well actually a lot of things really. Firstly, if you're talking about the history of the English language then the superpower of the world would be North western Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands as Old English originated as a dialect introduced by the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes as they invaded Britain in the 5th century.
      The language since then has changed massively in comparrison to its origins to the point where the two are basically entirely different languages due to the influence of a multitude of different cultures. However, seeing as how your point was that England is a super power because it's the origin of the English language and that's spoken everywhere I have to say outright that no. No it isn't.
      Secondly, the reason why English is spoken in so many places has less to do with England's influence over the last century and more to do with the US' influence which is indisputable. Turns out that when a country takes on the status of a global superpower, it becomes beneficial for business leaders, diplomats, scientists and most other professions to speak the same language. Who knew right? Pretty sure that the western world will be pushed to adapt to learning Mandarin in the upcoming years if they don't decide to side with the US against China.
      Thirdly, the monarch has comparatively little power in England beyond symbolism. Whilst they do have the right to veto legislature, it's a right which hasn't been actually acted upon in the last 300 years. The governor general in Australia is a bit more complicated than that though no Englishman has held the position in the last 50ish years and whilst the powers have been exercised (see Gough Witlam along with the Victorian Controversy on two pieces of legislature never gaining royal assent), it is both rare and heavily discouraged.
      Fourthly, the USSR rose to where it was thanks to heavy trading with the western world, not in spite of it. Historically speaking, around half of the nation's industry by 1900 were foreign owned rather than locally owned. The rapid shift of the economy however caused a lot of problems as the cities weren't equipped to handle the shift in conditions. Claiming that the reason why English is spoken worldwide rather than Russian is because of Britain thereby is ridiculous and absurd.
      Fifthly... Wait, are you really going to blame the fall of the USSR on Britain? I'm sorry but no. If you can't find the food to feed yourselves, let alone provide basic neccessities for life which within the USSR much of Russia could not do, then the leading structure is going to collapse because it's not working. This was a consistent theme across the entirety of the USSR's existence. It happened to the Tsars, it happened again to the USSR.

  • terry green
    terry green 2 days ago +17

    I just don't think their protest is as rightful as they say. Cause I know that Hongkong people travel a lot to mainland. The visit count is 10 times of their 7 million population. So if they feel constrained or unsafe in mainland and do not trust their legal system, they should not go there. From my perspective, China has many extradition treaties with other countries, and Hongkong is basically a province of China. If sending a criminal to mainland is wrong and can not passed by this "province". Then it only proves one thing (TOO MUCH FREEDOM).The protester want to get more freedom, but instead, they proved that mainland gave them too much freedom.

  • Chi Pang Cheung
    Chi Pang Cheung 2 days ago

    Please support Hong Kong

  • Tianyang Guo
    Tianyang Guo 2 days ago


  • zhengyu lu
    zhengyu lu 2 days ago

    The Chinese govenment give HK 50 years... to get used of China's rule, becoming more similar to other part of China, not opposite.
    my question is, even if HK now suceed, becoming more unique, what will you do in 2047? will you ready to change everything in one night?

    • zhengyu lu
      zhengyu lu 2 days ago

      @Chris Todorovski at that time, China leader even not think about catch up, they really want to learn from HK, and believe 50 years later, China will become more similar to HK. but situation changes fast, HK nolonger teacher but a trouble to the Chinese Gov. Even Deng Xiaoping didn't expect this.

    • Chris Todorovski
      Chris Todorovski 2 days ago

      the original purpose of the 50 years was to let china catch up to hong kong.

  • Kayley Tse
    Kayley Tse 2 days ago +7

    I love ur channel but I live in hk and the protesters are being very violent and rude u should look at the recent protest carefully they are being violent even when the law is cancelled

    • M. Woller
      M. Woller 18 hours ago

      There is a lot of organiced criminals behind it, who want to keep Hong Kong as a save haven. Especially all these big triad groups. The biggest one got over 50.000 members alone.

  • Little G Lin
    Little G Lin 2 days ago

    Behind the scene is not the video surface, the author just chooses the negative side.

  • Linsheng Chiang
    Linsheng Chiang 2 days ago


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      山色知残雨墙阴觉暮天 2 days ago +1


  • Sophia Robinson
    Sophia Robinson 2 days ago

    🇺🇸I think the objection to the Sending-in Regulation is just the beginning. Their ultimate aim is to make Hong Kong independent.

  • Dustin Patrick Peters

    To all Hong Kongers, get out of Hong Kong while you r not completely controlled by China

    • Dustin Patrick Peters
      Dustin Patrick Peters 2 days ago

      I mean in the year 2047 that China may take total control over Hong Kong

    • Slembe Man
      Slembe Man 2 days ago

      Go where then? HK is their home

  • MCPEreports
    MCPEreports 2 days ago +6


  • fuck your comments
    fuck your comments 2 days ago +3

    Lol 80%of Hong Kong economy depends on China. If China was really as bad as they make it sound. Hong Kong will be a third world country by now

  • Lin Linus
    Lin Linus 2 days ago +1

    Hongkong has nothing to fear but fear itself.

  • Spartacus Roma
    Spartacus Roma 2 days ago

    Of course China won’t wait, just look at them buildings islands in international waters...

  • Brandon Sambrano
    Brandon Sambrano 3 days ago +3

    I wonder how that one guy feels for starting all this

    • Chris Todorovski
      Chris Todorovski 2 days ago

      @Fan Yang because of the hong kong government's negligence. there are other ways to solve that problem.

    • Fan Yang
      Fan Yang 2 days ago

      Brandon Sambrano I guess he feels happy since he won’t be brought back to Taiwan facing a death penalty.

  • ssttd
    ssttd 3 days ago +3

    A place that was never democratic before 1997 is talking about going back to before 1997 and pursuing democracy. In a planet where everyone is chasing independence, there are people who want to go back to former colonies. Use your violence of Hongkong protestors, let the world see what you did. We are all happy you doing that way.

  • W W
    W W 3 days ago +2

    British took Hong Kong island and Kowloon and leased the New Territories. To say British leased Hong Kong is incorrect.

    • J F Woods
      J F Woods 2 days ago

      Yes, quite correct and good of you to post it!

  • king rooo
    king rooo 3 days ago

    it's a good time for u gives to join uk

  • xot98
    xot98 3 days ago

    2:39...ceding Hong Kong for a period of 99 years... *sigh* does she even know what she is saying? Hard to watch past this ignorance. Part of Hong Kong was ceded (given *forever*) and part was leased for 99 years.

    • xot98
      xot98 Day ago

      @zhengyu lu I was talking about the English definition of cede.

    • zhengyu lu
      zhengyu lu 2 days ago

      Hi you are so naive... after WWII UK was falling, have no power to keep the Colony. Let UK leave while 99 year ends was a deal, China Maintain a decent face of UK, and UK make no trouble, pass the HK smoothly. if UK ask some part forever... China will kick them out by force.

  • Malcom X
    Malcom X 3 days ago

    Always Remember America and Britan like to Divide and Rule...Their democracy means weak and corrupt govt...Never get Influence by them.

  • Beloved Bee
    Beloved Bee 3 days ago

    Now i understand. Thank you. I hope they win their fight.. If not its time for them to move.

  • you tube
    you tube 3 days ago +1

    Another opinion news claiming himself ‘explaining’ the facts, but actually spreading ideas, shame on you

  • R
    R 3 days ago +2

    Free China! Free Hong Kong! Free Tibet! Free Taiwan!

    • Linsheng Chiang
      Linsheng Chiang 2 days ago

      This is exactly why you antagonize Chinese. And you do that nasty stuff in the name of Free.

  • Skywalker
    Skywalker 3 days ago +70

    So British made sure the two upcoming super powers China and India have internal issues, hmm..interesting.

    • GayBaka
      GayBaka Day ago +2

      @Chè Whit_ Most if not all European countries have a better standard of living that China and India.

    • Salman Haider
      Salman Haider Day ago +1

      the land is called kashmir

    • Chè Whit_
      Chè Whit_ Day ago +1

      @Lols Mo in what ways are some Europeans countries more developed than China?? Truly confused here

  • Sidztravelblog
    Sidztravelblog 3 days ago +103

    99% of the world's problems was created by the Great Britain

    • Tokyo TV
      Tokyo TV 17 hours ago

      @Sidztravelblog India and China wouldn't be what they are today if it wasn't due to globalisation created by the British Empire. It's no coincidental that the GDP of the UK grew exponentially and became the richest country in the world, to which they did not due to their natural resources but their innovation and power. Most Asian countries that gained wealth was largely due to the influence of the west. Don't state that Great Britain dragged India or China into poverty when the majority of people in them countries were still working in the fields and growing their own food.

    • Sidztravelblog
      Sidztravelblog 18 hours ago

      @Tokyo TV No they dragged us into poverty and created 99% problems of the entire world

    • Tokyo TV
      Tokyo TV 18 hours ago

      @Sidztravelblog so what you're saying is that Great Britain helped take millions of Indians and Chinese out of poverty?

    • san ran
      san ran Day ago

      absolutely right

  • Wynn Xiao
    Wynn Xiao 3 days ago

    I know this has become a political issue however can’t help but wonder what is the feeling who’s parents of that pregnant lady that has been killed by the boyfriend. So the boyfriend has a jail free card because of this? Can someone explain to me?

  • Sassymestreet
    Sassymestreet 3 days ago +1

    I find it ridiculous how in this video, it uses “pro-democracy” vs “pro-China”. And also the border is between the mainland and Hong Kong, not “China and Hong Kong”.
    I respect the people’s right to peacefully protest. But what’s happening now in Hong Kong is violent. Many innocent police officers are getting hurt. The method the protesters are taking can’t be encouraged.
    After all, Hong Kong is a city of China. Not only by politics, but also getting economic and living support from the mainland.
    I have friends from Hong Kong, but I was also swore at by a Hongkongnese for being Chinese. Issues like these are far more complicated than what the protesters have got to say.
    Media has strong power and they know it. But the audience can sometimes be unaware of the media’s influence. Please make sure, at least, you get your geography right before you tell a sensitive story like this. Stop being manipulative.

  • J j
    J j 3 days ago +1

    Lego structure is wrong they are Not all pro Beijing, do your homework ! N they are Not all corporations, more are professional bodies. Dont fool ppl.

  • michaelwumol
    michaelwumol 3 days ago

    Lair. Little group of commitees who are selected by HK people

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    康卓 3 days ago


  • binxin chen
    binxin chen 3 days ago

    what a pretty riot😂

  • Sarah Sukaimi
    Sarah Sukaimi 3 days ago +1

    *my last braincell still processing informations*

  • Mark Zhou
    Mark Zhou 3 days ago +1

    For a very long period before 1997, Hong Kong has no democracy under UK. If the change of 1997 never happened, do you believe Hong Kong would get more autonomy than now?

    • Mark Zhou
      Mark Zhou 2 days ago

      @Saajidh Your conclusion has no logic or evidence. Do you know UK has more than 10 colonies now?

    • Saajidh
      Saajidh 2 days ago

      @Mark Zhou In this day and age yes. They will get compelled to considering the current political climate and from international pressure

    • Mark Zhou
      Mark Zhou 2 days ago

      @Saajidh Like United States, India, Egypt? Do you believe UK will give freedom for free?

    • Saajidh
      Saajidh 2 days ago

      Eventually yeah, like every other colony of the UK

  • Steven Guo
    Steven Guo 3 days ago

    It's a good thing that under British gov't every 'HKer' is quiet and obedient and productive, I think British 'democracy' largely contributed to it. It is funny when HK people think west does not have a tendency on press and news sector and everyone has a say in choosing their leader. In China, you have no freedom of speech, you cant protest against the gov't. In the US, you can and somebody does, and you will end up being charged with defamation and end up in prison anyway. The only difference here is that US is still stronger than China and probs still better at telling lies than most of countries.

  • ewilddog
    ewilddog 3 days ago +12

    i really don't get this, the law is about extradition which many many countries have in the world, if Hong Kong wants to be viewed as an independent nation, I think this is what they are trying to achieve here, cuz none of them will admit they are Chinese, then this is something as a nation should consider, if not, then you are basically encouraging your nationals to commit crime overseas then come back because your homeland will protect you?

    And there's been no mentioning of how the murderer should get trialed but somehow made this into a Hong Kong vs mainland independence argument? it's not even related, and for those that are protesting so much about Hong Kong potentially "fallen", how's that even relevant to this case? I just want to know what happened to the murderer and what's Hong Kong government prepared to do about it? I mean if you are a law biding citizen, extradition or not, why would it bother you? Plus the guy killed someone in Taiwan, not even mainland China, I really don't understand how they make this into an issue with China, i mean extradition law will not be limited to just China only right?

    And the logic don't even make sense here, what if someone from Hong Kong killed someone in China or vise versa, someone from China killed someone in Hong Kong? What's going to happen then? Just forget about it because Hong Kong desperately don't want to be associated with China? And what about other nations that Hong Kong deals with? If any crime gets committed, what's going to be the solution? Honestly, to me if anyone that should be protesting, it should be Taiwan, the man committed murder on their soil and they can't do anything about it because no extradition in place, then somehow he manage to fly back to his homeland, next thing you know, you have the whole nation's hothead trying to protect him for their rights??? A women died here, how's that related to a nation's future or how's that even a democracy argument? What are you going to say to the women's family? And she's pregnant with a child, I don't know about other countries but here in the states, the guy would be charged with first degree murderer without a doubt plus he already admitted to the crime, he would be looking at life sentence possibly without parole too, and here we are everyone arguing about independence against mainland China, what happened to all these people's senses? Please tell me the guy has been arrested and being charged and trialed for murder? Cuz no news media in HK seems to care?

    • Jing Cao
      Jing Cao 17 hours ago

      People are easily stirred up by some slogans or points of view that can't ever be weighed. They are responsibility-free since they are in the crowd.

    • Wynn Xiao
      Wynn Xiao 3 days ago +3

      ewilddog totally agree with you. After I watched this video the thing only that got me thinking is so what are they planning to do with the murderer? So the murderer can have a jail free card? It feels very weird if that’s democracy to Hong Kongers. Also what are they planning to do in 2047? I thought their future is to return China in 2047 according to the agreement? Sounds like all this youngsters planning to fight against the government again in 2047 in their forties or move to Atlantic Ocean, haha. Not sure how this really solve any problem. 🤔

  • pablo honey
    pablo honey 3 days ago

    Some people nowadays like being colonized

  • Paulo 98
    Paulo 98 3 days ago

    So, where did the murderer go?