The world's first holographic protest took place in Spain

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Holographic March in Madrid Over Protest Laws

This past weekend, a protest group sent thousands of holograms down the Paseo de la Castellana avenue in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

The augmented reality protest hopes to challenge laws that are set to take effect July 1st. The new measures that seek to crack down on dissent, criminalize acts such as gathering in front of Parliament.

Via Fusion.net

No Somos Delito, which translates as We Are Not Crime, has been protesting what they call the country's "gag law," and in that context, the hologram protest is more than the stunt it might first appear. Under conditions in which people cannot put their bodies into the streets, the ghostly virtual projections serve both as protest and as a reminder of the protests that cannot occur.


The Twitter-sphere was abuzz about the revolutionary protest, but one user felt they should exercise their rights up until the law goes into effect:


#RevolutionaryNews!!! #Spanish citizens held the first #HologramProtest in #history in order to protest without violating the new #draconian guidelines of the National Security Act, the new amendments to the Penal Code and the Anti-terror law. According to the recently approved "#TriadGag", the citizens of #Spain cannot #protest against the #Congress or hold meetings in public spaces, plus they have to ask permission from the authorities whenever they wish protest publicly. "If you are a person you can not express yourself freely, you can only do that here if you become a #hologram," says a woman in the video released by the movement "#Hologramas para la #Libertad." On the movement's website citizens were invited to participate by writing a text message, leaving a recorded voice message, or converting themselves into a hologram by recording a video via webcam. Under the new Citizen Safety Law or #LeyMordaza (#GagLaw) as #HumanRights defenders have renamed it, public protests, freedoms of speech and the press and documenting #PoliceAbuses will become #crimes punishable by heavy fines and/or jail. Source: http://revolution-news.com/first-hologram-protest-in-history-held-against-spains-gag-law/

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The world's first holographic protest took place in Spain
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Banner reads 'freedom of speech'. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Banner reads 'No to the Gag Law. We are not a crime'. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Holographic images representing a protest are projected in front of the Spanish Parliament by 'No somos delito' (We are not a crime) platform to protest against the Gag Law on April 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Government recently approved the Citizen Safety Law, also named 'Ley Mordaza' (Gag Law) which will bring strong fines against unauthorized protests, or documenting and publishing images of police. The law has a big opposition by human rights activists and most of political parties. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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