Netherlands: Court Of Appeal Confirms Curfew

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday suspended a judgment rendered earlier today by a court in The Hague, which ordered the government to lift the national curfew on Covid-19.

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday suspended a judgment rendered earlier today by a court in The Hague, which ordered the government to lift the national curfew on Covid-19.

  • “This means that the 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. GMT) curfew remains in effect,” NOS state television said The final judgment of the court of appeal is due on Friday.

The court wanted to prevent a “yo-yo effect,” the judge said, pending Friday’s hearing in which the court must decide whether to allow the curfew to continue until March 2 or more. it must end, as ordered by a judge earlier today.

  • “The curfew is valid, this evening too”, reacted on Twitter the Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Anti-restriction protests

A court in The Hague had ruled that the Dutch government had to end the current curfew, a measure to combat Covid-19 that had caused violent riots in the country, but The Hague immediately appealed.

The case had been brought to justice by Viruswaarheid (“Truth about the virus”), a group opposed to measures to combat Covid-19, including the introduction of the curfew, and which has organized numerous protests since. the start of the health crisis.

The Dutch government announced in early February to extend the national curfew, in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. from January 23, until March 2.

During a press conference, Mr. Rutte called on the Dutch to “continue to respect the curfew”, even if the court were to reject his appeal.

Even if it turned out that the curfew was not based on a correct “legal basis”, Mr Rutte said, “that does not mean that this measure is not necessary.”

The Viruswaarheid group – formerly known as Viruswaanzin (“Virus Madness”) – has been organizing protests against the Covid-19 measures for several months. The group was founded by Willem Engel, a dance teacher who has since become one of the most influential opponents of anti-Covid-19 measures.

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