Video Duration 02 minutes 13 seconds

Hong Kong protests shape history

Certain liberties – like freedom of speech and an independent judiciary – were supposed to stay until 2047.

It is not the first time protesters in Hong Kong have flexed their vocal muscle.

Under President Xi Jinping, Beijing has rapidly exerted more mainland power over Hong Kong.

Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler takes a look at previous protests and why many say these ones are different.