Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

Thousands of people marched through Manhattan and several other cities in the United States on Saturday, demanding President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Protesters took to th.

Organisers of "Tax March" are planning events in more than 150 cities, including New York, Washington and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns and he reneged on a campaign commitment to release them. In West Palm Beach, some of those marching said they'd taken part in protests nearly every weekend since Trump was sworn in.

A resident at Cotton's town hall Monday said that Trump's tax returns would expose his overseas interests - a hint at the central role Trump's tax returns have taken in the continuing investigations into Russia's meddling with U.S. elections. Trump has said that Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls - including an ABC News/Washington Post story from January - show that 74% of Americans say he should release them.

Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.

The demonstrations, organised by a loose coalition of labour and left-leaning groups with various economic agendas, are meant to focus on Trump's refusal to disclose his tax-paying history, something his predecessors in the White House have done for more than 40 years.

People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in NY, U.S., April 15, 2017.

But 71-year-old Ilene Singh says he's wrong.

Retired teacher Mike Mannshardt of Pittsboro says he believes the documents may show that Trump is indebted and beholden to Russian or other unfriendly foreign interests.

The rallies were largely peaceful but in Berkeley, California, police arrested 13 people at unrelated gatherings in a park after fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Trump factions.

The protesters then marched along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House, shouting "shame" as they passed by the Trump International Hotel.

But Randall Pitre, of San Dimas, California, said the issue is transparency, adding that nobody knows if it's a big deal "because we don't know what he's hiding".

"I'm wondering if you'll take the initiative to have him release those returns so we can see what kinds of connections he has with different countries around the world", one attendee asked.

The comments com after American TV channel MSNBC revealed it had seen a tax return summary for the billionaire tycoon for 2005.