Island authorities denounce attack on tax police

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Local authorities on the Greek island of Hydra have denounced an attack by a local crowd on tax police after they detained a restaurant owner who did not provide receipts to clients.

The Friday incident happened after the inspectors wanted to transport the restaurant owner to Athens, an hour's ride away by fast boat. They were set upon by a local crowd, which also attacked the boat's crew.

The police, along with the restaurant owner, had to retreat to the island's police station, which was besieged until riot police arrived Saturday morning. Locals cut off the station's electricity and water supplies. The owner was transported to Athens by coast guard ship Saturday.

Debt-crippled Greece is attempting to crack down on endemic tax evasion, as it tries to put its finances in order.

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