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Spain’s hologram protest: Thousands join virtual march in Madrid against new gag law

15 Apr
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‘You will only be allowed to express yourself if you become a hologram’

Late last year the Spanish government passed a law that set extreme fines for protesters convening outside of government buildings.

In response to the controversial Citizen Safety Law, which will take effect on July 1, Spanish activists have staged the world’s first ever virtual holographic political demonstration.

After months of massive flesh-and-blood protests against the so-called ‘gag law’, thousands of holograms last night marched in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid.

Organised by the group Holograms for Freedom, ghost-like figures holding placards took aim at the imminent draconian measures, arguing that holographic people are now afforded greater freedoms than their real-life counterparts.

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The ‘NoSomosDelito’ (meaning: ‘We are not crime’) movement – composed of more than 100 different organisations – called upon sympathisers around the world to participate in the landmark event by simply webcamming their face via the campaign website.

More than 2,000 virtual images were sent and used in the hour-long hologram demonstration, El Pais reported.

Under the Citizens Safety Law, it is illegal to gather in front of government buildings without permission from authorities; this includes everything from universities to hospitals.

Organisers of unauthorised demonstrations could be fined up to €600,000, with further €600 fines for disrespecting police officers, and €30,000 for filming or photographing them.

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In a video promoting the protest, a spokeswoman said: “With the passing of the Gag Law, you won’t be allowed to assemble in public spaces without risking a fine.

“Ultimately, if you are a person, you won’t be allowed to express yourself freely. You will only be able to do it if you are a hologram.”

Spokesman Carlos Escano told Spanish newspaper El Mundo: “Our protest with holograms is ironic.

“With the restrictions we’re suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last options that will be left to use in the end will be to protest through our holograms.”

via The Independent.

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Azadi Square Virtual Protest | Amnesty International USA

16 Oct

Student Activism is a Human Right

In Iran, students continue to face egregious forms of repression and human rights abuses, as the Iranian authorities attempt to exert control over students opposed to their policies. Those who dare speak out do so at great risk and with devastating consequences.

Majid Tavakkoli and Behareh Hedayat are two student leaders who were arrested after they participated in demonstrations calling for social and political reforms.

Now, as they languish behind bars in prison, it is time to stand up for their rights and the rights of all student prisoners in Iran.

Take action for Iran

What is Azadi Square?

Tehran’s Azadi square has been a central point of human rights activism in Iran. Literally “Freedom Square” in Persian, it is a space where contemporary protestors draw on the history of Iranian activism. Majid, Behareh and thousands of other Iranian activists filled the square after the disputed presidential elections of 2009. Today, we encourage activists to bring the significance and symbolism of Azadi to their own communities. By joining this virtual protest in Azadi “Freedom” Square, you’re connecting to those on the ground organizing for a free Iran.

LET THEM HEAR YOU!

What would any protest be without powerful messages of support? Add your messages of support now!

Azadi Square Virtual Protest | Amnesty International USA.

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