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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://ufl.ae/videow/IjM7eWIH_Cw

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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UPDATE 8/13/2019: Hong Kong's protests have escalated with canceled flights and police standoffs at Hong Kong's international airport. Read more: http://bit.ly/2OUZNB4
Airolite Wu
Hongkong is part of China!!! Extradition agreement is for people’s security, protests think it hurt their right, actually this rule just aims at those who commit crime not for Hongkong citizens .
Juan G
By 2047 this is not going matter unless y'all do something to change the agreement.
Working Man
These people need rifles and ammunition, lots and lots of rifles and ammunition !
jodie 561
Safety or Freedom? That's a choice for the well-behaved residents in Hongkong, not the terrorists who call themselves 'democratic fighters' while destroying the social order and other's normal life.
whew i dont cry much but this one almost got me i love these people and they deserve to be free no country should be motivated by greed or just by general selfishness you should respect the wishes of the masses as long as theyre wishes are moral and these wishes are clearly pure. I truly feel their pain and i wish them the best.
The Swedish Chef
Carrie Lam is the evil lady muppet that is destroying Hong Kong.
Victoria L.
This video is not so called "objective". It's true that Hongkong is part of Chian. And it's also true that Hongkong has never own this much "democracy" than now. Simple example: before Britain gives it back to Chian, Hongkonger can't vote at all.....
Feddy Pineda
Drop w nuclear bomb and get rid of the problem..
the uk needs to issue passports to all HONKGONG citizens to protect them
Angel Liu
Hong kong is part of china!!!🇨🇳
so arent all asian chinese??
Gaming With Noah
I'm staying here in America. No way am I moving anywhere else.
Tatiana Vital
America needs to be saying more about this issue this video is honestly the first I have heard about it
Bo Yang
Vox you can do better this. This is way more complicated than just a murder and the extradition bill. May I suggest another angle. Look into the common traits of the people who are protesting.
meng xiao
You put your subjectivity to make this video. It is shouldn't be a media do. If the media lose their objectivity. They will become weapons and cause extremist wars, You need to show the truth to people. not by late clips, triggering extreme thoughts. You can't just listen to people on the one hand and say what they say. You should listen to more people saying what the truth is.
Mr Mfker
Unfortunately without guns this is all going to be for nothing
she says China like Donald trump
Shyamsundar Deshpande
These people need someone like Trump now!!
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Protesters return to the streets of Hong Hong Kong’s huge protests, 2 days ago   03:07

Protesters have returned to the streets of Hong Kong en masse after a deadline for the government to meet their demands came and went without action.

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