by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:
- The Facts:The Finnish Prime Minister has withdrawn recent COVID-19 lockdown proposals because they have been deemed unconstitutional by a constitutional law committee.
- Reflect On:When things are not as black and white as government and mainstream media make them out to be, should recommendations be made instead of authoritarian mandates?
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You can see it all over social media if you know where to look, but one common theme throughout this pandemic has been the mass protesting all over the the world in every single country that is imposing covid restrictions on their citizens. It’s something that mainstream media continues to avoid, but one thing is for certain, many people disagree with the measures being taken to combat the virus.
That being said, many people also agree. This is fine, it’s healthy to disagree but what’s not healthy is censoring information, data, published peer-reviewed science, and doctors and scientists who disagree with government measures while only giving a voice to those who agree or are affiliated with government.
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In many cases, opposing perspectives have not only been largely unacknowledged, but also completely ridiculed and in some cases labelled as “conspiracy theories.” Why does mainstream culture continue to fail to have discussions and conversations about controversial topics?
What Happened: A Belgian court recently ruled that the current COVID-19 measures being deployed don’t have a sound legal basis. The Belgian State has 30 days to lift restrictions or face fines. After this, the Finnish government withdrew its proposal to impose lockdown measures on their citizens by confining them to their homes unless they need to access essential services. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (pictured above) shared the news on Wednesday after a statement from a constitutional law committee deemed the proposal for lockdown vague and not in compliance with the constitution.
The proposed measures included locking down residents of the capital Helsinki, as well as residents of five other cities in the country, in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
According to the Guardian:
“The committee said the wide-ranging proposal should be changed to targeted restrictions for where the risk of contracting the virus was significant, such as private gatherings and crowded places such as shops. The Nordic nation of 5.5 million people has recorded 77,452 coronavirus infections and 844 deaths. It has been praised for its handling of the pandemic and has been among the least-affected countries in Europe. It has 295 people in hospital with COVID-19.”
This type of targeted approach would, in a way, be on par with what the scientists who initiated The Great Barrington Declaration would like to see happen.
The declaration now has more than 50,000 signatures from doctors and scientists. (Although these identity of all signatories has not been confirmed yet.)