From 1997 To 2019: A Timeline Of Hong Kong Tension | NBC News Now

From 1997 To 2019: A Timeline Of Hong Kong Tension | NBC News Now


WEEKEND. NBC’S JANIS MACKEY FRYER HAVE NBC’S JANIS MACKEY FRYER HAVE HAS MORE. HAS MORE.>>WHAT STARTED IN HONG KONG>>WHAT STARTED IN HONG KONG STARTED DECADES AGO. STARTED DECADES AGO. IN 1997 BRITAIN GAVE THE COLONY IN 1997 BRITAIN GAVE THE COLONY BACK TO CHINA. BACK TO CHINA. BUT THERE WERE CONDITIONS. BUT THERE WERE CONDITIONS. THAT IT HAD TO PROTECT HONG THAT IT HAD TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S AWE TONUTONOMYAUTONOMY, A KONG’S AWE TONUTONOMYAUTONOMY, A OF EXPRESSION FOR AT LEAST 50 OF EXPRESSION FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS. YEARS. SO, LIKE 2047. SO, LIKE 2047. BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED THAT BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED THAT HONG KONG’S AUTONOMY IS ALREADY HONG KONG’S AUTONOMY IS ALREADY BEING ERODED. BEING ERODED. AND THAT’S WHY THEY’RE AND THAT’S WHY THEY’RE PROTESTING. PROTESTING. IT STARTED BACK WHEN THERE WAS A IT STARTED BACK WHEN THERE WAS A PROPOSED LAW TO EXPEDITE PROPOSED LAW TO EXPEDITE FUGITIVES TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES FUGITIVES TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES INCLUDING MAINLAND CHINA. INCLUDING MAINLAND CHINA. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS IN MARCH. TO THE STREETS IN MARCH. BUT IT WAS IN APRIL THAT THINGS BUT IT WAS IN APRIL THAT THINGS REALLY RAMPED UP. REALLY RAMPED UP. THAT’S WHEN CARRIE LAMB PROPOSED THAT’S WHEN CARRIE LAMB PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE EXTRADITION AMENDMENTS TO THE EXTRADITION LAW. LAW. SO THAT CRIMINAL SUSPECTS COULD SO THAT CRIMINAL SUSPECTS COULD BE EXTRADITED TO MAINLAND CHINA BE EXTRADITED TO MAINLAND CHINA FOR TRIAL. FOR TRIAL. THAT HIT A NERVE. THAT HIT A NERVE. WITH PEOPLE WHO FIGURED THAT IT WITH PEOPLE WHO FIGURED THAT IT WAS JUST A COVER TO TARGET WAS JUST A COVER TO TARGET PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE CHINA AND PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE CHINA AND THEN, POOF, THEY DISAPPEAR INTO THEN, POOF, THEY DISAPPEAR INTO CHINA’S JUDICIAL SYSTEM. CHINA’S JUDICIAL SYSTEM. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STARTED TO MARCH TO HAVE THE STARTED TO MARCH TO HAVE THE BILL SCRAPPED. BILL SCRAPPED. BY MAY, OPPOSITION TO THE BILL BY MAY, OPPOSITION TO THE BILL WAS GROWING. WAS GROWING. AND SO WAS INTERNATIONAL CONCERN AND SO WAS INTERNATIONAL CONCERN THAT BEIJING WAS REACHING TOO THAT BEIJING WAS REACHING TOO FAR INTO HONG KONG. FAR INTO HONG KONG. STILL LAMB SAID BOTH SIDES STILL LAMB SAID BOTH SIDES STARTED TO DIG IN. STARTED TO DIG IN. ON JUNE 12th, PROTESTERS CLASHED ON JUNE 12th, PROTESTERS CLASHED WITH POLICE WHO FIRED TEAR GAS. WITH POLICE WHO FIRED TEAR GAS. THE CLASHES WENT ON FOR HOURS. THE CLASHES WENT ON FOR HOURS. IN A WAY, IT WORKS. IN A WAY, IT WORKS. BECAUSE TWO DAYS AFTER, LAMB BECAUSE TWO DAYS AFTER, LAMB SAID THAT DEBATE ON THE BILL SAID THAT DEBATE ON THE BILL WOULD BE DELAYED. WOULD BE DELAYED. HOWEVER, TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, AN HOWEVER, TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, AN ESTIMATED 2 MILLION PEOPLE ESTIMATED 2 MILLION PEOPLE PROTESTED TO HAVE THE BILL PROTESTED TO HAVE THE BILL COMPLETELY WITHDRAWN. COMPLETELY WITHDRAWN. AND TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, LAMB AND TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, LAMB APOLOGIZED AND SAID THAT THE APOLOGIZED AND SAID THAT THE BILL WAS GOING TO BE SHELVED BUT BILL WAS GOING TO BE SHELVED BUT HE DIDN’T SAY THAT IT WAS HE DIDN’T SAY THAT IT WAS OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN AND REFUSED OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN AND REFUSED TO STEP DOWN. TO STEP DOWN. AND EVER SINCE THE PROTESTS AND EVER SINCE THE PROTESTS CONTINUED AND THEY’RE GETTING LE CONTINUED AND THEY’RE GETTING LE BUILDING WAS TRASHED. BUILDING WAS TRASHED. OFFICERS WERE WEARING DISGUISES OFFICERS WERE WEARING DISGUISES SO THEY COULD HIDE AND ARREST SO THEY COULD HIDE AND ARREST THEM. THEM. IT’S ALSO WHY PROTESTERS ARE IT’S ALSO WHY PROTESTERS ARE PUSHING FOR AN INQUIRY INTO WHAT PUSHING FOR AN INQUIRY INTO WHAT THEY CALL POLICE BRUTALITY. THEY CALL POLICE BRUTALITY. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THEY TOOK IT EARLIER THIS WEEK, THEY TOOK IT TO HONG KONG AIRPORT FOR TWO TO HONG KONG AIRPORT FOR TWO DAYS FORCING OFFICIALS THERE TO DAYS FORCING OFFICIALS THERE TO CANCEL HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS. CANCEL HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS. AT ONE POINT, THE CROWD TURNED AT ONE POINT, THE CROWD TURNED ON TWO MEN THEY SUSPECTED OF ON TWO MEN THEY SUSPECTED OF BEING CHINESE SPIES. BEING CHINESE SPIES. THEY HAD TO BE TAKEN AWAY BY THEY HAD TO BE TAKEN AWAY BY PARAMEDICS PARAMEDICS PARAMEDICS. PARAMEDICS. BEIJING IS TRYING TO TURN THE BEIJING IS TRYING TO TURN THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE PROTESTERS PUBLIC AGAINST THE PROTESTERS USED WORDS LIKE TERRORISM. USED WORDS LIKE TERRORISM. AND USING STATE MEDIA SHOWING AND USING STATE MEDIA SHOWING PERSONNEL ALONG THE BORDER IN PERSONNEL ALONG THE BORDER IN SHENZHEN SHENZHEN SHENZHEN. SHENZHEN. SO IT’S RAISING THE SPECTER OF SO IT’S RAISING THE SPECTER OF SOMETHING FAR MORE UGLY. SOMETHING FAR MORE UGLY. WILL CHINA MOVE ITS TROOPS INTO WILL CHINA MOVE ITS TROOPS INTO HONG KONG? HONG KONG? THAT REMAINS ENTIRELY UNCLEAR. THAT REMAINS ENTIRELY UNCLEAR. THERE ARE HUGE RISKS. THERE ARE HUGE RISKS. THERE ARE ALSO MASSIVE PROTESTS THERE ARE ALSO MASSIVE PROTESTS FOR THE WEEKEND. FOR THE WEEKEND. NBC NEWS, HONG KONG.

34 Comments on "From 1997 To 2019: A Timeline Of Hong Kong Tension | NBC News Now"


  1. We should also let the world know the protest/riot history in Hong Kong before 1997. Let the world know how many people died in the riots under U.K. rule.

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  2. Would the UK let it happen in London? Should the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own voice about their so call "independence"? Come on Western Media, people are not stupid enough to listen to your one side storie. This is double standard.

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  3. Stupid , was there democracy when british governed HK? was the governor selected by residence ? so stupid words, ignorance about the history.

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  4. Under what rock is NBC News living? Can you verify your truths before announcing it, or do you care about blatantly lying?

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  5. What would be the point of protesting if in 2047 they would still face the same fate couple of years later? They might as well sinchronize with china now and get head start and their future.

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  6. There’s not a single major protest or coup d’état, revolution or civil war that doesn’t have the CIA’s fingerprints all over it.

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  7. Joshua wongworm is not Chinese, he is an illegal destroying Hong Kong for $$$$US dollars and sanctuary, he will go missing then the fake news will blame China for it.

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  8. New considerations in the struggle of Hong Kong and China Communists. Now it is a long petition for a self governing region known as Hong Kong. But, the protesters should consider new tactics, and to play cards very carefully, to seek good allies, and seek legal ways of formal petitions for self governing. Perhaps the two systems agreement can continue, or be enhanced, or a new political solution of freedom that is technically supported within the upfront language in the Constitutions of China and Hong Kong. <><> Expression can sometimes be more powerful than physical force. Ideally, the Protesters and Liberators need to change tactics and to stay safe. Just some ideas, include small flags of freedom (of various types) on higher ground, or start new dance party protests, or maybe try making friends with some police, and try formal legal petitions, and more powerful Memes. <><> Hearing feedback from much of Kekistan Nation, with strong support for Hong Kong Protesters and Liberators.

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  9. If Hong Kong citizens had guns like Americans do, the Government would of been over thrown in a few days….

    Thank God for the the Second Amendment. This would never happen in the United States.

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  10. More CIA backed civil strife. When are you propagandists going to go after Epsteins clients like Gov. Bill Richardson? Never? scum

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  11. The Portland anti March was without problems. The patriots respected the police and never broke any laws. NBC lied. Don't believe them. Fake News,

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  12. China infiltrated China PLA into HKP and China sending hitmen to Hong Kong for violence and riots. China stop disturbing Hong Kong and leave Hong Kong alone as the other provinces of China!

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  13. From what seems evident in all this civil war, most intelligent casual observers and professional analysts seem to think that an armed army assault could destroy the China's economy, as Asia and the west would join forces and isolate China from global trade of any significance and then there will be riots at home as people loose their jobs. Hong Kong is like the Berlin wall on steroids. The mainland , beyond utter destruction of Hong Kong ( if that floats their boat, all be it in alignment with tyrannical communist dictatorial thinking – i.e. crush the enemy within ) , now being in a no win situation, especially long term. If they do nothing they are doomed long term as it becomes a victory for democracy and if they invade Hong Kong, they are doomed long term, as it damages their international reputation. I don't think the rest of the world would forgive China if they invade Hong Kong with armed forces and Taiwan would be game over in terms of the west's relationship with China. They are damned and doomed either way. Taiwan will become more vocal as they could be next in line. Again the mainland tyrannical forces would be damned if they do and damned if they don't. It seems like the beginning of a new cultural revolution. Those cultural revolution seeds were sown in Hong Kong decades ago via British colonization. The British forefathers must have had great futuristic vision and foreseen this situation well long before the secession of Hong Kong to the mainland. Some might see that as a masterstroke of the British Empire. That seems to be the only logical way to read this situation. Truly astonishing. Truly amazing. It will surely go down in history books and form great legends of the past, for future generations.

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