Only in a “very urgent and exceptional circumstance” is the Dutch government allowed to circumvent the normal legislative channels – and the Chinese virus does not qualify.
“The curfew is a far-reaching violation of the right to freedom of movement and privacy and (indirectly) limits, among other things, the right to freedom of assembly and demonstration,” the court announced.
“The Preliminary Relief Judge ruled that the introduction of the curfew did not involve the special urgency required to be able to make use of the [act].”
The court added that the Dutch government had plenty of time to deliberate a curfew through the normal legislative process, but instead chose to abuse emergency powers instead.
“The use of this law to impose curfew is not legitimate,” the court declared.
Violators faced steep fines, and the restrictions were originally intended to remain in place until March 2. Thanks to the court ruling, they were nullified a whole lot sooner.Demonstrators made a point of emphasizing that The Netherlands is not in wartime, nor is it under any known threat of invasion. As such, there is no legitimate reason to lock everyone away inside their homes.
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