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Hong Kong’s enormous protests, defined

The folks 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.”

A whole bunch of hundreds of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial extradition invoice that would ship Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court docket. Hong Kong’s Chief Govt, Carrie Lam, says the invoice is supposed to forestall Hong Kong from turning into a protected haven for fugitives. However its opponents concern that Hong Kong could be uncovered to China’s flawed judicial system, which might result in additional erasure of town’s judicial independence.

At first Lam was decided to maneuver ahead with the invoice. However after a sequence of large protests, she introduced she would “indefinitely suspend” the invoice. However protesters aren’t accepting the suspension, and have began demanding its full withdrawal. They’ve additionally begun calling for Lam’s resignation.

However this rise in tensions is about much more than a invoice. To grasp why this invoice hits a nerve with Hongkongers, it is vital to grasp Hong Kong’s relationship with China – and precisely how the invoice would tip the scales in China’s favor.

Watch this video to grasp the information popping out of Hong Kong and the historical past that led as much as this second. 

For extra watch Episode one among our Vox Borders Hong Kong episodes right here:

And for much more context on Hong Kong’s historical past with Britain you’ll be able to watch one other one among our Vox Borders Hong Kong episodes right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StW7oGSR_Mg

If you wish to get actual nerdy you’ll be able to learn Hong Kong’s Fundamental Legislation (their mini Structure) right here:
https://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/index.html

It’s also possible to learn the Sino-British Joint Declaration that outlined Hong Kong when the British handed it again to China in 1997 right here: http://www.gov.cn/english/2007-06/14/content_649468.htm

And the extradition legislation launched in Hong Kong that has sparked large protests right here:
https://www.legco.gov.hk/yr18-19/english/hc/papers/hc20190412ls-65-e.pdf

Here’s a piece reported by the New York Instances on the newest from Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief:

Listed below are some extra sources relating to Hong Kong’s democracy and political make-up:
https://websites.duke.edu/firms/2018/01/29/the-mirror-colonial-britain-and-chinas-rationale-for-hong-kongs-functional-constituency/
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/democracy-hong-kong
https://books.google.com/books?id=ZDubDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=Reunification,+Patriotism,+and+Political+Dysfunction:+From+1997+to+2017+%22underground+frontpercent22&supply=bl&ots=vn4zdV2FSi&sig=ACfU3U2yyYBTZ0hFfWC6y9oYS4YzxY6UDg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjVgcDv5eziAhXQg-AKHV4EB9sQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

And at last, you may also discover our newest articles masking the latest developments right here:
https://www.vox.com/2019/6/18/18683582/hong-kong-extradition-bill-protests-china
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/6/16/18680897/huge-hong-kong-protests-continue-after-the-government-postpones-controversial-billhttps://www.vox.com/2019/6/11/18661007/hong-kong-protest-2019-china-extradition
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/6/9/18658650/hong-kong-protest-march-china-extradition-bill-2019

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38 Comments

  1. Vox

    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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  2. Joe White

    But anyway, violence is not right

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  3. Tiago Liu

    People are killed in the democratic countries all over the world.

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  4. alias fares

    قناة أمريكية تحرض الفتنة

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  5. Yamini Pradhan

    when she said “ it’s their future” and then they showed the young protesters i got chills

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  6. Kiranti Maila

    Now they are fleeing like petrified mice with a very hungry cat in pursuit.I would never, ever bring home gangsters to beat up my own mother and father. Even as a non-Chinese Mongolian, I have this deep-rooted allegiance to China as my origin. China is great and will always be for me…..

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  7. Guy Who Sells Vapes

    Tainananmen Square never happened, guys. What are you talking about?

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  8. Kaden Ling

    If you dont like the bill then just dont go to china

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  9. Nicki Nicki

    I love Hong Kong and people Hong Kong 🇭🇰 ❤️

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  10. AudrEYheart21

    India is hurting. Philippines is hurting. Tibet is hurting. The Uighurs are hurting. Taiwan is hurting. Hongkong is hurting. If you had the power to stop a modern-day Hitler, would you stop him?

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  11. SUPUR li

    what happen in white house: riot
    what happen in HK: for freedom
    however what they do are same
    funny

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  12. 0 12

    Love this protest so much, nothing changed but making chaos. MHKGA

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  13. Parker

    Vox supports communism and socialism in America

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  14. Gappy Walking

    Technically china and hongkong and start a revolution since the population is massive

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  15. Tian

    from legitimate protest to full blown RIOT and terrorism 😞orchestra by foreign intervention, Joshua Wong consulting and taking fund from U.S

    beating people who did not support the riot
    setting a man on fire when telling the rioter to stop destroying public transport
    killing an old street cleaner by throwing brick toward him
    destroying the life of working citizen,
    destroying the tourism industry and income of many depending on it,
    destroying public transport, blocking many people from going to work creating hate

    AND JUSTIFY VIOLENCE in the name of FREEDOM
    VIOLENCE is never the answer!!
    VIOLENCE will not get you what you want!!
    VIOLENCE will only create more problem !!
    VIOLENCE will cause China to tighten his grip more in the name of National Security and National stability !!

    WE Condemn the use of VIOLENCE !!

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  16. Peachy

    is this protest still going on today 2021?

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  17. CinnamonTea

    Claudia Mo, the democracy legislator interviewed in this video, has since been arrested by the Chinese government.

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  18. q w

    No foreign funds no protest.

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  19. hizz xl

    一国两制,首先是一国,然后才是两制。

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  20. Green Gao

    Tbh i felt the same, being England's colony is better than being 'united' with China

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  21. Haily Rizzo

    Where is the coverage about the Myanmar coup? The military just arrested their elected head of government and put hte country under military rule. 55 million people lost their original democratic right instead of 5 million people demanding for rights that they didn't have from the start. Just days of protests and two people have been shot dead compared to deaths during months of protests and riots. This channel is not interested about human rights. It is just interested in finding an excuse to flog China. Freedom for Myanmar. Freedom for Papua. Freedom for Kashmir. What? You never heard of them?? Is your concept of 'serious journalism' all about going to a modern city where you can sip latte and eat tim sum with great internet connection. Just sc#$w the third world where far more people have been subjected to far more serious human rights abuses.

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  22. michael ching

    The Uk was the most evil country in the world before, and now is US

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  23. China-US Technological Parity

    To​ Hong​ kong​ protesters :You​ lost.​ Your​ cause​ destroyed.​ Your​self​ no​ one​ accept BNO

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  24. Mahesh Adhikari Vlogs Ur2gdfrn says

    Who gets benefit from this???
    That's easy to understand who provoked and caused all these.
    Freedom which they never had under british rule.

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  25. K C

    These people all don't want communism/socialism. Period.

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  26. Grace L

    China will rule not only Hong Kong and Taiwan. Korea and Southeast Asia will belong to China soon

    Reply

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