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Greek police say they're banned from parliament bathrooms

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Greek police say they're banned from parliament bathrooms

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Forget bailouts or austerity riots. The hot topic now in Greece is toilets.

Police guarding Greece's parliament say they are no longer being allowed inside the building to use its bathrooms.

The Police Officers Association in Athens said in a statement Monday that uniformed officers have been recently banned from entering parliament. It urged the Public Order Ministry to intervene to stop police from being treated as "third-class citizens" in the building they have protected from numerous violent protests.

Greece's governing left-wing Syriza party, which came to power in January, often sided with anti-austerity demonstrations outside parliament while condemning any violence.

Parliament refused to comment on the complaint. It later issued guidelines saying officers providing security at the building would in the future be dressed in civilian clothes with badges.

Updated : 2021-09-19 07:25 GMT+08:00