At least 4 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 12:01
Donald Trump protester and supporters had an epic blowout in Berkeley, Calif. on Tax Day and the epic brawl was caught on camera.
"There continues to be a number of large fights, some property damage and numerous projectiles being thrown, including fireworks", Berkeley police said in a statement issued at around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Police said also there was reported use of pepper spray being used in the crowd, the Mercury News reported.
Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of United States cities on Saturday to demand Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue. Civic Center Park, where four people have already been arrested, and gas was released on the crowd earlier in the morning.
Berkeley police have confiscated banned items such as knives, flagpoles, and sticks used as weapons, according to CBS San Francisco.
By noon, most of the anti-Trump protesters emptied onto Allston Way bordering the park.
But makeshift dividers quickly came down as demonstrators started punching and kicking each other, while pepper spray and firecrackers were thrown into the crowd. "Currently, Allston Way between Milvia St. and Martin Luther King Jr".
Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organising the marches, said investigations into the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation underscore the need to disclose his returns.
Images of tax protesters in cities including Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and NY flooded social media.
Organisers of "Tax March" in more than 150 cities across the country and beyond wanted to call attention to Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.
He also says they've reviewed what happened the last time around.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns. Media, citing police, reported that at least 11 people were injured.
For the past 40 years, every USA president and presidential candidate has released tax documents. So Trump critics are prepared to make some noise.
Organizers said the protests dubbed the Tax March were scheduled in almost 150 cities.
The inflatable chickens were designed in Hong Kong to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, and they were purposely made to resemble Trump this year. Since then it's spread across the country with dozens of marches purchasing chickens, Donohoe said.