Protest in Hong Kong over China move to pass security law

HONG KONG (AP) — Dozens of people have protested in Hong Kong after a vote by China’s ceremonial parliament to approve legislation that could severely restrict opposition political activity and civic activity in the Asian financial center. The protesters chanted slogans in the main atrium of a mall in the high-end Central district, some draping banners over the balconies with slogans such as “Independence for Hong Kong.” China’s National People’s Congress on Thursday voted to back a bill that will now be sent to its standing committee for final approval. Details of the final version of the law aren’t known, but China says it will prohibit separatist activities and actions that might threaten the Communist Party’s monopoly on political power in mainland China.