The Netherlands must lift curfew immediately as Hague ruling says government response ‘illegitimate’. : worldnews

The Netherlands must lift curfew immediately as Hague ruling says government response ‘illegitimate’. : worldnews

February 16, 2021 0 By boss

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The ruling isn’t about whether the curfew is a good or bad idea, the judge merely says that the law under which the curfew was implemented does not authorize a curfew in the current situation. All they had to do is have parliament pass a law authorizing it (a majority would have been there) and it would have been fine, the legal advisers of the government just fucked up. Instead, what they did is apply emergency powers and then have parliament vote on whether they are cool with that (and they are, the Senate was about to confirm), but that vote is deemed null and void by the judge.

The way I see it, the curfew was implemented because people are just too stubborn and didn’t socially distance to a sufficient degree when asked nicely. The curfew is an effective way to deter rule-breaking superspreader parties and private events. As always, the bad apples spoil it for the rest, who may have had legitimate, Covid-compliant reasons for traveling.

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