Hologram protest in Spain is a world's first

Behold another world's first you get to witness during your lifetime: the first-ever holographic protest, which took place in Spain to protest new so-called "citizen security" bills that aim to, in part, cut down on the options citizens in the nation have for protesting. One such limitation on protest freedom will be a ban on protesting in front of Parliament. In response, a group of protesters used a bunch of holograms to protest in front of the lower house of Parliament, doing so both to catch ample public attention, and to show what the bills could result in — having to use holograms in your place.

The new laws, which will also impose severe fines against anyone who takes or shares an unauthorized picture of police, will be going into effect on July 1 if challenges against them aren't successful. Many are protesting against it, saying that it is all effectively a gag law that limits police oversight and the ability to protest future issues.

This particular collective of protesters are sophisticated in their opposition, and have launched a website laying out all the details of the new laws, what they mean, and why they're being opposed. They also introduce the issue with an introductory video shown, in part, in the video above. It warns that in the future (eg, 2.5 months), you'll need to be a hologram if you want to protest something.

This isn't the first time we've seen such holograms — there was the Tupac hologram, for example. It does appear to be the first time such technology has been used to protest, however, and it represents a very unique look at what could easily become a regular part of our future.

SOURCE: Fusion