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Thu Jul 15 05:44:02 PDT 2021
Spain's Top Court Rules That Lockdown Was Unconstitutional
Spain’s top court has ruled that the country’s national COVID-19
lockdown was unconstitutional following a lawsuit filed by the
populist Vox party.
“While leaving intact most of the state of emergency’s terms, the
court said that the key articles ordering the population off the
streets except for shorts trips for shopping and unavoidable commutes
for work and other official business were unconstitutional,” reports
the Associated Press.
“According to TVE, the ruling said that the limitations on movement
violated citizens´ basic rights and therefore the state of emergency
was insufficient to give them constitutional backing. The six
magistrates said that a state of exception, which does allow the
government to suspend basic rights, would have been necessary.”
During the first six weeks of the lockdown, stay at home measures were
so strict that Spaniards weren’t even allowed to go outside to
exercise or walk their dogs.
In one case, police were called after a neighbor spotted two brothers
playing soccer in their own back yard.
As we previously highlighted, Spain’s lockdown laws were so draconian
that at one point authorities briefly told citizens that wearing masks
while swimming in the sea was mandatory.
For many months during hot weather, wearing masks in every outdoor
setting, even on beaches, was compulsory.
People were also issued fines of €2,000 euros for “disrespecting” a
police officer during lockdown.
Numerous instances of police beating people for not wearing masks also
emerged, while protesters at one point freed a woman from police
arrest while cops were trying to handcuff her for not wearing a face
Early on during the first lockdown, police helicopters fitted with
loudspeakers were also used to aggressively order beachgoers to go
The Spanish government many now face multiple lawsuits as a result of
the lockdown being declared unlawful.
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