Court in Netherlands ends curfew; PM appeals to observe it

A court in the Hague ruled in favour of ending the curfew imposed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Court said the curfew violates freedom of movement and assembly. 

The court said in a statement that “the curfew must be lifted immediately” and that the government had abused its emergency powers. 

“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 said in a statement posted to social media. 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte urged people to follow the curfew. “We haven’t for a second considered scrapping the curfew as it is simply necessary,” said Rutte. 

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