Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

More than 180 protests were planned across 48 states on Saturday - including in Montana.

In Washington, protesters chanted "shame" while passing the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Dozens of demonstrations took place yesterday, including in Washington DC, New York and south Florida, where protesters marched to the President's Mar-a-Lago resort - where he is now staying. "We need a president who works for all Americans - and a tax system that does, too", said the organisers of the "Tax March" demonstrations on its website.

Trump's comments followed a nationwide Tax March that drew thousands of people to dozens of cities on the country's traditionally recognised deadline to file taxes, April 15.

But a poll from the Pew Research Center in January found that more than two-thirds of all Americans believe the president has an obligation to release his tax returns.

In Washington, D.C., one of Trump's sharpest critics in the House spoke to protesters at the U.S. Capitol just before they set off on their march to the National Mall. However, many tax experts say Trump is not barred from releasing the information during the audit.

"If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he's got another thought coming", Waters said.

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Seven people were transported to the hospital in unknown condition, Berkeley Police spokesman Byron White told CNN, after "a large number of fights" and "numerous fireworks have been thrown in the crowds", according to a statement.

Police said they confiscated prohibited items including hand-held flagpoles, a knife, a stun gun, helmets and signs, and flags attached to poles.

The marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said.

Presidents are not required to release their tax returns, but have done so voluntarily from the 1970s. Experts believe those records would uncover any of Trump's financial conflicts of interest, including possible business ties to Russian Federation.

Trump, of course, made waves as a candidate when he was the first candidate in decades to refuse to release his tax returns - ever. In October, the New York Times reported that Trump had declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 federal tax return, citing three pages of documents from the return.

Republicans have also rebuffed Democrats' efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act.

Many lawmakers, including some Republicans, have also called on him to make them public.

In March, investigative journalist David Cay Johnston received a copy of Trump's 2005 tax return summary.

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