Thousands march in Los Angeles to demand release of Trump tax returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 21:46
The trouble unfolded when hundreds of Trump opponents stageda counter-rally alongside an event billed as a "Patriots Day" free-speech rally and picnic, organized by mostly Trump supporters.
The "tax march" protests were held in about 150 cities and towns Saturday, including outside the president's Florida estate where he is spending the weekend.
Tax Day demonstrators gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on April 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Demonstrators in dozens of USA cities and towns, including Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Palm Beach, where Trump was spending Easter Weekend at his resort Mar-a-Lago, marched on Saturday to demand Trump release his tax returns.
A huge inflatable chicken, adorned to look like Trump, toured the area, apparently to suggest that the Republican president was afraid, or chicken, to publish his tax records.
The chant "Show your taxes!" repeated through the crowded streets of Downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon during nationwide marches calling for President Donald Trump to release his taxes. After asserting the protesters were paid, Trump went on to remind the protesters that he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
In blasting the protesters, Trump tweeted that "I did what was nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?", he tweeted minutes earlier.
Trump had said he was under audit and would release the returns after the IRS finished his audit. "We march because it is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have".
Free speech is protected in the US Constitution, so no matter how much Trump complains on Twitter, a congressional investigation isn't happening.
The protests were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for USA tax filings (though this year the deadline falls on April 18).
Police said more arrests could follow after video shot during the melee was reviewed.
The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Centre filed a suit on Saturday over Mr Trump's tax returns, citing a provision in Internal Revenue Service regulations that allows their release.