No Somos Delito: Holograms, Fear and the Right to Protest


On April 10, 2015 the world’s first ever hologram protest took place in Madrid. Citizens must protest as phantoms in order to voice their opinions in public and not be injured, killed, tear-gassed, arrested, tortured or repressed in retaliation. Welcome to the dystopian future present.

Statement by No Somos Delito
#HologramasLibres (FreeHolograms) Nightmare or reality?

The Holograms for Freedom campaign aims to highlight the repression of our rights as free persons, as citizens living in what is supposed to be a democracy. Laws recently passed by congress penalize human rights and freedoms and convert us citizens into a type of hologram whose only function is to obey the wishes of those who have reached the heights of the parliamentary system and who now pass laws without any regard for anything, even the professional opinion of judges. Laws that violate our human rights and exclude us out from political activity.

A series of totalitarian laws are being used to subject the will of the people, the people who, lest we forget, have delegated their power of representation in political leaders. #HologramasLibres (FreeHolograms) describes a surreal future in which we have to shed our flesh and become three- dimensional light forms (holograms) in order to protest. The aim of this dystopia is to denounce the situation we are currently facing. The hologram protest denounces how, as people, we cannot express messages contrary to those disseminated by our leaders; how we cannot think freely, as free thinking is reliant on the possibility of meeting freely to speak freely, expressing ourselves in the squares, the streets, the markets. We cannot be ourselves. The current climate of repression is silencing our society, filling us with fear. What’s more, we believe that this is not a national matter, but a global one, and that the strategy of silencing the population is aimed at eliminating all protest against new economic policies to be introduced in the future, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), etc.

But… who owns the fear? The fear hanging over society belongs to this government, to all governments. The fear of a conscious citizenry participating freely, with self-empowering joy, in public affairs, the fear of those who protest to defend our dignity, who fight their inhuman cutbacks and the injustice of their evictions. Theirs is the fear and they need a silent society. They have designed laws to suit their own agenda, to rule the country with an iron fist, with no opposition from any quarter. They hope to keep us docile by keeping us afraid. And to spread mistrust amongst us, towards our neighbours  – common people who fight to help each – other – the media fill the airwaves with stories of terrorism, in which dissidents are “terrorists” and dangerous “cells” (of mutual support) are “deactivated”.

The dystopian future represented with the Holograms Demonstration will soon be our day to day. Social control and repression, in the form of the “Spanish Gag Laws” and other laws, are being used to subdue any remaining resistance to their rule.

But we will continue to resist. We will continue to be a thorn in the side of the powerful, protesting the reality of our lives. If we cannot protest in person, because of their fines and their prison sentences, we will protest as holograms. Because you cannot wipe out imagination, mutual support and a united people. Because you cannot stanch the tide of ideas that rose up when the people got together in the squares to talk. It is not wrong to dream and WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS (

On 29 March, a man was arrested in Madrid for riding a bike with a sign on it. While pondering about the “crime” the man had committed my fishmonger asked me what the sign said. “What does it matter?” I replied. “Are we doing something wrong for holding a banner? Is peacefully expressing your ideas in words or gestures terrorism?”

No Somos Delito
Hologramas por la Libertad

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Erin Gallagher is a multimedia artist, translator and writer for Revolution News.