Ai Weiwei says new security law is the end of Hong Kong

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs the end for the semi-autonomous city. Ai was arrested at Beijing’s airport in April 2011 and held for 81 days without explanation during a wider crackdown on dissent that coincided with the international ferment of the Arab Spring. In an interview with The Associated Press, Ai says he identifies with Hong Kong’s democracy movement and has been working on a documentary about protests that began a year ago, at times erupting into tear gas-shrouded combat between police and demonstrators. Many in Hong Kong now fear their city will become like any other in mainland China after Beijing approved the new law targeting people and groups suspected of sedition.