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Not since World War II have we seen such violent measures as is the case with coronal law, says Professor.
13 March 2020
JYLLANDS-POSTEN INLAND — Late Thursday night, the spread of coronavirus created Danish political history. As a result of the sharp increase in the number of coronas-infected, a unanimous Parliament passed an emergency law.
The law gives authorities a number of unprecedented powers to curb the spread of infection.
Among the initiatives is a legal center for the Minister of Health to be able to initiate forced examinations, forced treatment and quarantine if coronavirus infection is suspected.
Furthermore, vaccination can be given through coercion. However, there is currently no vaccine against the new virus.
Part of the provisions will take effect next week. The law initially runs for a year.
The situation is unprecedented in Danish political and legal history, says Jens Elo Rytter, law professor at the University of Copenhagen.
These are the basic elements of the rule of law, one believes, he believes.
“It is immediately the most violent since World War II. There have been strong interventions in various terrorist packages, including after the terrorist attack in 2001 [September 11]. But this goes further,” he said.
The law strikes at the very core of our democracy, he says.
“We are right now questioning what we as a democracy can do to ensure the safety of society,” he said. “And then it is clear that you have to compromise on things we would not otherwise compromise.”
It will also be possible to ban assemblies of over 100 people.
The police are given the opportunity to use “the necessary power” to ensure the implementation of the emergency law measures.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of life or death, says Michael Bang Petersen.
“What we also have to deal with now is what basic elements of our democracy we are willing to compromise to save lives.”