We designed a simulacrum for the police in which someone anonymously phoned them to warn them about a group of citizens gathered together in a public space where a demonstration was about to start. When the police arrived, they found in the place of the demonstration a group of dartboards such as the ones used by police commandos in shooting exercises, but on this occasion, they were representing the target in a peaceful resistance. This whole operation was registered by a hidden video, and was subsequently posted on a Spanish State National Police Force online discussion forum next to a series of laws that define the police’s obligations to society and to the Constitution.
In a democratic state, the government enjoys the monopoly of legitimate violence to protect the rights and the freedom of citizens. In the last protests against cuts in constitutional rights, the government has used police forces to defend the interests of a minority. It is known that scaring the population is an effective method capable of discouraging its political participation.