CHICAGO Thousands of chanting, sign-carrying protesters took to the streets in cities across the nation Saturday, demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, so Americans can scrutinize his business ties and potential conflicts of interest.
At least 21 people were arrested after opponents of President Donald Trump and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said Saturday.
Demonstrators in support of U.S. President Donald Trump rally in Berkeley, California in Berkeley, California, U.S., April 15, 2017. Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley, about two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus, for a "Patriots Day" rally.
Police in riot gear made at least 13 arrests and seized numerous prohibited items from the demonstrators by Saturday afternoon and indicated then that they anticipated more arrests would be made.
A March 4 rally and counter-protest, planned by several of the same groups as those who announced this one, resulted in several injuries and arrests.
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All this occurred despite police efforts to prevent a repeat of the violence and vandalism that occurred in the city in February, after a university canceled a scheduled talk by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
AJ Alegria, 31, of Sacramento, told the Times he came to Berkeley to help defend Trump supporters and was surrounded by a dozen protesters in black masks who he said attacked him with sticks and pepper spray. Berkeley police confiscated several makeshift weapons.
A peaceful mood reigned at marches in more than 100 other cities across the United States on Saturday, as protesters demanded the release of the president's personal tax returns. The Chicago protest is joined by others around the nation.
Images of tax protesters in cities including Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and NY flooded social media. Ilene Singh said she and her friend, Geraldine Markowitz, took a bus from New Jersey to join the crowd and "say we care" about Trump's taxes. Trump is the first presidential nominee of a major party who refused to release his tax returns since 1976.
While witnesses put the number of Trump supporters and opponents at hundreds, authorities in the city north of San Francisco did not gave an estimate for the size of the crowd but did cite a "large number of fights" to advise people to stay away from the area. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"