Protesters say the case of a bookseller believed detained by Chinese police in the city makes a mockery of the city's special status.
China is out of options, while North Korea cares little what Beijing thinks, observers say.
Shu Xiangxin's daughter is beaten outside the court as some 200 supporters gather for his trial.
Rights activists say the government is still interfering in the most basic rights of its citizens to control their own fertility.
Some argue for greater government control, while others say the market should be allowed to work freely.
Online comments say the test has once more defied Beijing's authority, and that close ties come at a high price for China.
Gay man's lawyer hails the decision as 'an historic moment' for LGBT rights in China.
Seventeen people died and dozens more are seriously injured, officials and medical staff say.
President Xi Jinping's nationwide anti-graft campaign shows no sign of abating in the New Year.
Shu Xiangxin is beaten and tortured while in a police-run detention center in the eastern province of Shandong despite being party to a private prosecution, his lawyers say.
Rights lawyers issue a New Year statement describing a year of fear amid a government operation targeting the profession.
The apparent detention of a bookstore manager by mainland police in Hong Kong raises questions over the city's promised autonomy and freedom of expression.