The new measures will go into effect July 1, if they survive national and European legal challenges.
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.
It features an introductory video of a woman turning into a hologram. “Ultimately, if you are a person, you won’t be allowed to express yourself freely,” she says, referring to the new Spanish law. “You will only be able to do it if you are a hologram.”
A spokesman for the group drove home the point to the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo. “Our protest with holograms is an irony,” he said. “With the restrictions we’re suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last option that will be left to us will be to protest through our holograms.”
I have not been able to find any evidence of previous hologram protests, unless you consider the Tupac hologram as an attempt to destroy all that is holy.