SDOE inspectors heckled in Peloponnese village

A team of inspectors from the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) was on Monday heckled by locals at a village in the Peloponnese while conducting on-site audits in the area, according to local reports.

Several locals reportedly prevented the SDOE squad from leaving an establishment in Marathos, in the Messinia prefecture, following an inspection over tax code violations.

Protesting locals were allegedly shouting “congratulations, you have redeemed the state.”

No more details were made immediately available over the incident.

Some 1,400 SDOE inspectors have reportedly been conducting checks at nightclubs, restaurants, bars and hotels this summer in a bid to recoup millions in unpaid revenues.

A team of inspectors was earlier this month heckled by locals at a village in Crete and coerced to leave, before a one-month closure order was issued against the owner of a taverna where the team was intimidated.

Last summer SDOE inspectors were prevented from leaving the Saronic island of Hydra by disgruntled locals. Police had to be sent from Athens to ensure their safe passage back to the mainland.