“Today is the darkest day for Hong Kong.” So said artist and activist Ai Weiwei after China passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong.

+ The impact was immediate: “In the space of a few hours on Tuesday morning, some of the most prominent activists resigned and the groups they led, which had spurred more than a year of sometimes-violent protests, disbanded. Social media posts were erased, pro-democracy protest art was removed from buildings, and one pro-China lawmaker offered huge rewards to anyone willing to snitch on protesters who had fled the city.”

+ China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization.