Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

Throughout the country, in Seattle, the District of Columbia, Florida and New York City, protesters called on Mr Trump to release his personal tax returns as part of a nationwide Tax March. But this year the deadline was pushed back until Tuesday since Tax Day fell on a weekend.

The rallies were largely peaceful but in Berkeley, California, police arrested 13 people at unrelated gatherings in a park after fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Trump factions.

Organisers of "Tax March" are planning events in more than 150 cities, including New York, Washington and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Europe, Japan and New Zealand. No official figures were immediately available about the size of the gathering.

The demonstrators left Bryant Park at about 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) marching to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and chanting "No more secrets, no more lies".

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). Demonstrators participate in a march and rally to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in NY.

Organizers estimated that over 25,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C.

"We as Americans have the right to know".

He argues that he can not release them because he is being audited.

Among the marchers was Melinda Colwell, 34, a stay-at-home-mother from Ledyard, Connecticut.

After tweeting his best wishes for Easter, Trump sent two tweets suggesting that the election was a referendum on his tax returns, one that he won.

ROBERT SAPLIN: Seems like he's been getting away with not paying his taxes, not paying his fair share.

The protest, held days ahead of Tax Day, was also organised to dispute Trump's claims that the public does not care about his tax returns.

Led by a a 10-foot inflatable chicken a group of nearly 2,000 marched down Market Street with a clear message of ending corporate greed even in the White House.

In West Palm Beach, some of those marching said they'd taken part in protests nearly every weekend since Trump was sworn in.

When you think of April 15 in the U.S., usually you think of tax day. It has been retweeted more than 21,000 times. He carried a sign that read: "What Tax Returns?"

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

There have been some glimpses into Trump's tax history. "Show your taxes, show your ties". "I'm really mad because he made Barack Obama produce his birth certificate, and he's not even producing his tax returns".

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