The Greek government said on Sunday that it would strictly punish citizens for tax evasion after the residents of a small island of Hydra tried to resist the police after they detained a restaurant owner who did not provide receipts to clients.
"We will not let ruin the state," said in a statement of the government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou. He added that tax evasion is a "scourge of Greek society" and it should be firmly and quickly stopped.
According to local TV, this weekend riot police came to the island of Hydra near Athens to calm the raging locals who were against the actions of financial police.
The government spokesman said that the state should rebuff to "tricksters" who try to get away from paying taxes. Opposition has called the actions of authorities as unnecessary and harmful.