Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

San Jose protesters join national push for Trump tax returns

Trump has repeatedly said he has used legal loopholes to minimize his tax burden.

A police officer was treated and released from a hospital after someone threw either pepper spray or tear gas into the crowd, said Berkeley police spokesman Byron White.

Demonstrators gathered in five cities across Minnesota on Saturday to demand President Trump release his tax returns.

The demonstrations are taking place on the traditional April 15 Tax Day, the deadline for filing federal tax returns, although the IRS this year pushed back the deadline by three days.

Tax March protests sprung up across the country to tell President Donald Trump, 70, they want to see his taxes returns.

Trump has said Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls show 74 per cent of Americans say he should release them. "I would like to know how much you contributed to this country".

Event organizers for the Tax March said the movement is to demand transparency and fairness from the president.

Images of tax protesters in cities including Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and NY flooded social media.

Presidents are not required by law to release their tax returns, but each has done so voluntarily since the early '70s.

Protesters are expected to take part in Tax Day demonstrations nationwide, calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Protests were planned for 150 cities across the country including Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and in Florida near Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where he was spending the weekend.

Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and about his various business ties.

More than one hundred protesters met in front of the Fayette Circuit Courthouse Saturday afternoon to protest President Trump and call on him to release his tax returns.

"I think he's hiding things and he's very suspicious", said Bonnie Koblitz, a protester. They say the proposed cuts to health care, education, transportation are cruel and inhumane. "He does not believe that he has to be accountable to the people, but we will pressure him!"

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

"I'm not afraid to call Trump an enemy of this state", Kim said.

Trump refused to make his tax information public during his White House bid, breaking with decades of tradition.

She said less should be spent on wars, and more should go to public service television and the Meals on Wheels programme, which Mr Trump has made funding cuts to in the first months of his presidency.

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