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Police make arrests as pro- and anti-Trump protesters clash

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Police make arrests as pro- and anti-Trump protesters clash

At least 21 people have been arrested in Berkeley, California, as pro- and anti-Trump protesters clashed.

Thousands gathered yesterday in cities across the United States to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused.

The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional 15 April deadline for annual tax filings, a massive date on the calendar for US households, and resulted in dozens of arrests.

For decades, US presidents and presidential candidates have released their returns voluntarily, although there is no legal obligation to do so. US law requires only the publication of a financial statement that estimates assets, including debt and revenue, but does not give details on the amount of taxes paid.

Trump, a billionaire property tycoon, released a financial statement but has kept his tax returns private, both during the election campaign and since taking office in January.

Protesters and political rivals have said he should make a fuller disclosure to remove any inkling of potential conflicts of interest between his business interests and his political decisions.

“Until he does, we’ll never know what he’s hiding or who his policies are designed to benefit,” said organisers of the “Tax March” demonstrations on its website.

 “We need a president who works for all Americans – and a tax system that does, too,” it added.

At least 21 demonstrators were arrested after Trump opponents and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said.