Yesterday, a delegation of seven membres of four different European Parliament parties, tried to visit Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn in the Estremera prision, without getting the green light from the prision administration. For a month, they have tried unsuccessfully to get an authorisation but have not received any response.
“We are here to defend the fundamental principle that all the MEP should be allowed to meet prisioners and discuss conditions of imprisonment in any European countries” said José Bové, the historic activist and french MEP. Outside Estremera prision near Madrid, he reminded to the journalists that a few weeks ago he was able to visit a few Basque prisioners without any problem.
Among the MEPs who have gone to the Estremera penitentiary are Mark Demesmaeker (ECR), Marie-Pierre Vieu (GUE / NGL) , José Bové, and Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka. They have been accompanied by the deputies of Esquerra Jordi Solé and Josep-Maria Terricabras and of the PDeCAT Ramon Tremosa (ALDE). All of them have been photographed with their passports at the door of the prision.
Others MEP who did not travel to Spain, have already publicly expressed their concern about the situation.