A virtual protest has been staged outside the Spanish parliament to denounce new legislation imposing heavy fines on unauthorized demonstrations.
During Friday’s hologram-style protest, images and videos of people marching and chanting slogans were projected outside the parliament in the capital city Madrid.
According to the new legislation, people taking part in unauthorized demonstrations outside certain sites could face fines of up to 600,000 euros and jail time.
Activists behind the protest said they were responding to this “injustice” and they "saw the need to carry out a different kind of protest that would allow our demands to become unstoppable: the first hologram protest in history."
On the activists' website, people were invited to take part by writing a text message, leaving a recorded voice message, or converting themselves into a hologram through a webcam video.
“If you are a person you cannot express yourself freely, you can only do that here if you become a hologram,” a woman in the video released by the group named "Hologramas para la Libertad” said.