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A group of MEPs have sent a letter to the European Ombudswoman, Emily O'Reilly, denouncing the fact Catalan MEPs-elect Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín were prevented from collecting their credentials at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Eleven members of the EU-Catalonia Dialogue Platform, from different countries and political groups, warn that the actions against Puigdemont and Comín, whilst all Spain's other MEPs-elect were able to collect their accreditation, represented "a violation of their and their voters' political rights", as well as "political discrimination".

"We ask you to act urgently and taken the necessary measures for the European Parliament to respect the results of the European elections", write Ivo Vajgl (ALDE), Mark Demesmaeker (ECR), Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL), Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL), Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA), among others.

As for the decision on Thursday by Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, to suspend the accreditations of all Spain's MEPs-elect, they find that "unacceptable" because the "MEPs from the rest of Europe's countries can work normally".

Indeed, the group also asks Tajani to "rectify" the decision against Puigdemont and Comín and to "defend their political rights". They say that the pair, as well as imprisoned MEP-elect Oriol Junqueras, "have been elected and have the right to be MEPs".