Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

Carla Harmon
April 16, 2017

"The only way we can know what kind of business ties our president has with businesses all over the world is by looking at his tax returns". Lisa Saunders and Brittany Patterson said they were active with the local chapter of Indivisible, an anti-Trump group.

"There's a lot of dots connecting him to Putin, and I think his taxes would reveal the final dot", said Leslie Thiel, a 58-year-old who drove up from Jackson Springs, N.C.

The march took place on April 15, traditionally the deadline to file US federal tax returns. It wasn't a day to point fingers or create divides with liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans.

They say demonstrators left Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr.

NEW YORK CITY PROTESTCelebrities and lawmakers joined a Tax Day demonstration in New York City, where protesters planned to march to Trump Tower to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns.

In Washington DC one of Trump's biggest critics in the House, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, said to the protesters - just before they were set off on the march to the National Mall - that the truth is that Trump is hiding something, but that he wouldn't get away with it. In Berkeley, Calif., protests turned violent during classes between pro- and anti-Trump supporters.

Progress NC Action has collected nearly 6,000 petition signatures supporting the Trump Act, which would require Presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in North Carolina.

Activists in Florida held dozens of marches around the state, in front of the condominiums at Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach and the entrance of his Mar-a-Lago mansion, where he is spending the weekend with his family. We march to show that all over the country, Americans still care about transparency.

The President, an avid social media user, has yet to tweet a response to today's Tax March protests.

"I mean he may be hiding, obviously, connections to Russian Federation, he may be hiding significant loans from banks he's going to cut sweetheart deals to from his administration, and he may simply just not have as much money as he's told everyone he's got", said Kaplan.

"If (President Trump) was under the misperception that America doesn't care about his taxes as he's previously said, 200 marches across the world should make it clear that we do care". In September, he told ABC News, "I don't think anybody cares, except some members of the press". More than 10,000 people responded on Facebook saying they were attending Tax March Chicago. "I won", he said.

Saturday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a lawsuit against the IRS for failing to release the president's tax returns in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Stanglin reported from McLean, Va.

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