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(Natural News) In early 2020, under a state of emergency, the government of Spain issued a strict and repressive lockdown supposedly to combat the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). On Wednesday, July 14, the Constitutional Court of Spain ruled that that lockdown was unconstitutional.
The court said the lockdown provisions that ordered Spain’s population off the streets except for unavoidable work commutes, short and necessary shopping trips and other essential travel was a violation of the Spanish Constitution.
The Constitutional Court came to this ruling after just two meetings between the judges. The conservative bloc within the court argued that the state of emergency enacted by the government last year not only imposed limitations on the fundamental rights of free movement and assembly between private citizens, but it suspended this right altogether.
In a brief statement broadcast by state-owned media outlet TVE, the court described how the vote on the ruling was split almost evenly down the middle. Six judges voted in favor and five voted against it.