Over the summer, as the Greek government sought to curb tax evasion during its peak season, several incidents of attacks of tax collectors took place. Some came away unscathed, being chased out of restaurants, or nightclubs, while others were beaten, and had limbs broken during altercations.

To better prepare its tax collectors for combat, the responsible national body, Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue, announced last week that it will be launching free self-defence classes for its staff on 25 September, 2019.

What can possibly go wrong?