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Thousands of Catalans protest outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg

This picture taken on February 1, 2017 in Paris shows a journalist reading the February 1, 2017 issue of French satirical newspaper "Le Canard Enchaine", with a headline relating to French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon allegedly giving his wife fake jobs and reading "Francois Fillon protests in front of investigators: "But since I tell Penelope didn't do anything!"". Fillon on February 1 hit back at fresh claims he paid his family huge sums for doing "fake jobs", accusing the incumbent Socialist government of mounting what he called an "institutional coup d'etat". The scandal, which first erupted last week, is pulling down Fillon's campaign, with a new poll showing that the former PM, who for weeks was the frontrunner in the race, would now be eliminated in the first round of the election in April. The Canard Enchaine newspaper reported on February 1, 2017 that Fillon had arranged for his wife Penelope to be paid around 830,000 euros ($900,000) as a parliamentary aide for more than a decade. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

A few thousand Catalans are displaying outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday to denounce that three elected Catalan separatist politicians wouldn’t be allowed to share in the Parliament’s inaugural session.

Police estimate the amount of protesters to be approximately 4,000. The demonstrators have built a scene facing the institution, along with public transport cannot hit the Parliament, which now welcomes the 751 newly eleceted MEPs from the new European elections held in May.

Since Spain is obstructing the three elected Catalan separatist MEPs from taking office, the parliament’s opening session has been indicated with their three empty seats.

“Where would our votes proceed if individuals we vote can not then go and do their own duties?” To the river?” , whined a single protestor, pointing to the canal which flows adjacent to the Parliament.

“It is vital to be here, as in the Spanish borders our rights are oppressed,” he continued, wrapped at the Catalan regional flag.

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