The world's first holographic protest took place in Spain

Holographic March in Madrid Over Protest Laws
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.


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:

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