Spain’s top court rules COVID lockdowns unconstitutional

SPAIN – Spain’s highest court ruled on July 14 that the country’s strict stay-at-home lockdown that their government issued under a state of emergency during the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020 was unconstitutional.

 The court upheld most terms of the states emergency but said ordering people off the streets except for going to essential work and services, and shopping violated Spain’s constitution.

The court made the ruling in response to a lawsuit by Spain’s right-wing group Vox party.

After the ruling was handed down, Vox leader Santiago Abascal called on Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sanchez to step down.

“We cannot celebrate the decision because we have proof that the government was willing to break the law and tarnish the constitution,” Abascal told Spanish media.

The court will release its full decision in the coming days and legal experts say until they see it it’s not clear if the ruling will allow lawsuits against Spain’s government.

In January a German court issued a landmark ruling declaring the COVID-19 lockdowns that the government imposed were unconstitutional.

That ruling was a result of a case regarding a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends.

The Weimar District Court didn’t just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany’s basic constitutional law.

Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the German court said in its decision.