Opinion: The Verbal Paradox of Being “Confined” in a Democratic Society

It is important to differentiate between "confinement" as a penalty enforced by a dictatorship against an opponent, and as a democratic measure aimed at protecting the civilian population.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Arguably the word most used by the press and people in general in the Portuguese and Spanish speaking world over the past six weeks, after coronavirus of course, has been "confinement" and all the words associated with it, such as "confined" and "deconfinement", plus several etceteras.

But only journalist Ramón Pérez-Maura, in an article published in ABC on April 9th, with the headline "In Spain, there is no one confined", seems to have alerted to a grave misuse of the word, applied to the reclusion that the population of Spain is still . . .

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