Tax Day Rallies: American demonstrators demand to know Trump's tax returns
With the deadline for 2016 tax returns to be filed coming closer, thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in cities across the United States to pressurise President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused.
Demonstrators marched through downtown Houston demanding greater governmental transparency. Similar rallies were held in other US cities.
Shredded papers were thrown, symbolising shredded tax returns, while Anthony Atamanuik of Comedy Central, impersonating President Donald Trump, spoke during a Tax Day demonstration in Washington.
The protest turned ugly as fights broke out and the police used pepper spray to deter anti and pro-Trump protesters from clashing.
The Berkeley protests saw hundreds gather at a park, including Trump supporters who held a free speech rally, while opponents of the president's policies shouted and chanted. Several fights broke out. At least 21 demonstrators were arrested.
Many protesters suggested that the Republican president was afraid, or chicken, to publish his records. They hinted that it might have something to do with Russia.
Protesters and political rivals said he should make a fuller disclosure to remove any inkling of potential conflicts of interest between his business interests and his political decisions.