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A Recent Madrid Protest Was High-Tech and Featured No Humans

 - Apr 15, 2015
In what is possibly the first use of holographic technology in political activism, a recent Madrid protest featured 18,000 digitally projected demonstrators. The demonstration was in opposition of new controversial Spanish laws that almost entirely restricts citizens of their right to peaceful demonstration.

Projected on the steps of Madrid's Cortes Generales parliamentary building, the digital protest was organized by the Holograms por la Liberdad, which aims to communicate the strong opposition to the laws that will go into effect July 1, 2015.

The use of holograms in this political sense is intriguing, particularly the well-organized effort that saw video entries from concerned citizens collected online beforehand and then converted into hologram format to be projected at the rally.