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“Far-Reaching Violation”: Dutch Govt Ordered To Lift ‘Illegitimate’ Pandemic Curfew By Hague Court

Tyler Durden
February 17th, 2021
ZeroHedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

A top court in The Hague issued a “shock” ruling that curbs the power of civic authorities to impose sweeping coronavirus-related curfews which should have significant reverberations legally for similar scenarios in other countries.

“The curfew must be lifted immediately,” the court said in a statement, underscoring that the Dutch government is abusing its powers by violating freedom of movement and assembly in particular. The pandemic curfew must be reversed immediately, the government has been told, which comes after weeks of fierce protests by an angry population that seems to have rejected it in unison.

In the official court statement, the Hague deemed the invocation of the Extraordinary Powers of Civil Authority Act to impose a national curfew is not justified on the basis of the COVID-19 emergency. The law allows the government to circumvent normal legislative channels to impose curfew in “very urgent and exceptional circumstance”.

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 Hague court said.

“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 Hague said. One key issue cited is that the government had plenty of time to discuss and consider such a curfew through the normal legislative process, thus “the use of this law to impose curfew is not legitimate,” according to the ruling.

The Netherlands’ curfew had been among the most draconian in Europe and the world. While early in the pandemic during the first wave of lockdowns a number of countries had imposed such curfews, since January 23 Dutch citizens were ordered to remain home between the hours of 9 pm and 4:30 am, which would result in steep fines if violated. It was to be in effect until March 2.

While there were “exceptions” in cases of medical emergencies or work deemed “essential”, Dutch citizens by and large were an outrage, expressing their frustrations through multiple nights of protests and rioting, which resulted in hundreds of arrests.

The Hague ruling was triggered by the Virus Truth Foundation filing a lawsuit that sought to get the curfew overturned as a violation of civil rights and the national Constitution.

Meanwhile, in a sign of a continuing legal fight to come… because “science”:

Virus Truth Foundation noted on its website, “We fight for the preservation of a democratic constitutional state in which our children still have the opportunity to develop themselves in freedom and to live a life with their own beliefs and opinions.” It’s hailing the ruling as a major victory.

Crucially this had been the first such curfew imposed on The Netherlands since World War II, which is in part why it was greeted with such hostility among the public. Demonstrators noted it was neither wartime, nor is the country under threat of invasion.

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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

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      I already know everything that I need to know about you, that you cannot be trusted because you have not only violated my rights, stolen intellectual property, and obsessively parroted me, but you are fully aware that I am a victim of torture and terrorism and just decided to exploit the situation to your advantage. 
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      MICIMATT InfraTards to try to get someone to contact them and ask them why or not, and I refuse to give any of you worthless trashy losers, some of whom require a Professor and or PhD title  just in order to try to convince people that they are not the unsophisticated,retarded, losers with a Jerry Springer audience lifestyle and mentality that they actually are! 

      I refuse to give you the satisfaction! You are wasting your time!
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      You are guaranteed to lose! Give Up!

      Truth is etenernal!

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      Andrea Iravani

    2. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      REMEMBER WHEN PEOPLE USED TO BELIEVE THAT JAMES BOND WAS SEXY and COOL?

      Now everyone knows that spies are complete low life losers in an organized crime ring, which is definitely not sexy or cool!

      Crash the Anti-Ametican, Creepy, Surveillance State of Losers! 

      It is my theory that the surveillance state is filled with so many atheists because they lead a double life, which is guaranteed spiritual death. There are also some in the surveillance state that are the equivalent of televangelists, that really should not be trusted. They have been spying on me too. My notice to the MICIMATT InfraTards is as follows:

      I already know everything that I need to know about you, that you cannot be trusted because you have not only violated my rights, stolen intellectual property, and obsessively parroted me, but you are fully aware that I am a victim of torture and terrorism and just decided to exploit the situation to your advantage. 
      I do not know if this is some kind of sick, creepy, disgusting spy game that is commonly played in the low IQ losers club of 
      MICIMATT InfraTards to try to get someone to contact them and ask them why or not, and I refuse to give any of you worthless trashy losers, some of whom require a Professor and or PhD title  just in order to try to convince people that they are not the unsophisticated,retarded, losers with a Jerry Springer audience lifestyle and mentality that they actually are! 

      I refuse to give you the satisfaction! You are wasting your time!
      Your lifestyles are rebellions against God! You are absolute frauds! You are predators that violate people’s rights as a way of life! You would be better off dead! You are sick, disgusting, creepy, retarded monsters! Everything is just a game and an act to you! You stand for nothing at all! Your existences are hollow, pathetic, meaningless, crimes against humanity! 

      You are guaranteed to lose! Give Up!

      Truth is etenernal!

      Andrea Iravani

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I do not believe this bullshit!

      “​A little-known Shiite militant group that calls itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, which translates as “Guardians of Blood Brigade” in Arabic, has claimed responsibility for the attack, and pledged further strikes against “American occupation” forces in Iraq.” -Sputnik News

      Just like Sadam Hosseine had WMDs! Same old recycled bullshit!

      It is more likely a concerted effort between the CIA, the Mossad, Blackwater, and the MEK which Republicans decided to ally with, because America never met a terrorist group that it didn’t like! 

      https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202102171082104474-pentagon-to-present-biden-with-retaliation-options-after-rocket-attack-on-us-army-base-in-iraq/

      Andrea Iravani

    4. good news says:

      Finally,some positive news!!
      This mammoth phony 19 hoax has run its course. Hopefully,the worldwide resistance to all these absurd “rules” will continue to escalate!!!!