Summary proceedings against the state and the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)
Rotterdam (June 9th, 2020) – Viruswaanzin.nl demands instant withdrawal of all Covid-19 measures in summary proceedings. Initiators Willem Engels and Jeroen Pols claim that the measures inflict enormous damage whilst no sort of legitimate purpose is being served. “From an economically, socially and human perspective the suffering is already unfathomable. This has to stop now.”
According to jurist Pols the implemented policy conflicts with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). On that account he has drawn up a 46-page-long writ of summons.
Willem Engel, who has a background in biopharmaceutical science, does not understand the pursued policy one single bit: “There’s no scientific evidence for this. Taking everything, we know about the virus into account, no sensible person would continue to believe that this bizarre situation is longer needed. It has been proved that Covid-19 in terms of being a threat for public health does not differ significantly from an average flu epidemic. This is certain. Moreover, the epidemic has already come to an end.”
Fake research results
According to Engel, the problem is that the RIVM keeps the data, models, and research on which it bases its advice confidential. Engel: “The RIVM plays a curious role. In the last couple of months, a great number of scientists have complained about a lack of transparency. We suspect that the RIVM has falsified research results and Van Dissel (director of the RIVM) possibly misinformed the Lower House.
The two are seriously concerned about the disastrous proportions of damage as a result of the measures taken by the Dutch Cabinet. “As regular medical care has been postponed for months, thousands of deaths are to be expected. In addition, the economy is ruined. The CBS (Statistics Netherlands) expects at least 300 thousand bankruptcies and that a million people will lose their job. And then there are the social and psychological consequences that will haunt us for ages.” thus Pols.
To abolish the constitutional state
In addition to withdrawing all limiting lockdown measures, Viruswaanzin.nl also requires that the Temporary Law Covid-19 be declared ineffective. Pols: “In this legislative proposal the so called new normal is laid down. As of the first of July, we are legally obligated to keep at least a distance of 1,5 meters from others, and possibly later even more. Our constitutional rights are largely being restricted. The police are permitted to check on and fine people in their homes, send them away and even arrest or jail them. With this law the government is no longer combatting a virus but abolishing our democratic constitutional state. We are opposing this.”
The preliminary relief proceedings will be heard by the District Court of The Hague on 11 June 2020 at 11 a.m. The summons can be found and read on the website www.viruswaanzin.nl.