Economist Ilham Tohti received a life sentence in September for 'splittism' and 'inciting hatred.' Many in the academic and diplomatic community say he is a rare prominent voice of moderation.
China sees the new laser technology as a way to combat possible terrorist drone attacks during "major events in urban areas."
A member of Hong Kong's Civic Party was covered in bruises after being kicked and beaten Wednesday. State media in Beijing editorialized that 'Stability is bliss and turmoil brings havoc.'
Police remove their own steel barricades from much of central Hong Kong and open Queensway, the main thoroughfare through the downtown commercial area.