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    The "gag law" stipulates fines for those who protest outside government buildings, burn the national flag, insult police officers, refuse to be identified. The hologrammatic performance will symbolize the poor state of the right to protest because of the law.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Spanish "No Somos Delito" platform is staging a first-of-its kind demonstration using holograms against the introduction of the country's "gag laws," that will impose fines and limit public protest, the platform announced Thursday.

    Alba Villanueva, the platform's spokeswoman, stated that the manifestation will be organized using holograms, as "if this law is not paralyzed, it will be the only way we will have to manifest in Spain," as quoted by local media. The law is expected to be approved Thursday.

    The world's first protest by hologram will take place in April, according to the local media. Any person in the world can participate, having their photo converted into a hologram.

    "With this action, we are asking that the "gag law," that restricts citizens" freedoms and criminalizes the right to manifest, is modified," Villanueva said, adding that the United Nations denounced the new law.

    With the introduction of the Law Protection of Citizen Security, the protesters could be fined up to 600,000 euros ($659,000) for protesting outside of certain buildings without obtaining permission. The law also stipulates fines for those who protest outside government buildings, burn the national flag, insult police officers, refuse to be identified and post photographs of police officers on social media.

    The controversial law sparked a series of protests all over Spain, and rights groups pointed out that it was an attempt to silence voices of dissent.


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