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Arrests at violent Berkeley Trump protests while tax marches stay calm

On day of protest, police stir 13 stoppages as pro-Trump bunch conflicts with anti-fascists in California and thousands call for financial disclosure elsewhere

Hundreds of self-described anti-fascist demonstrators and those in favour of Donald Trump clashed in Berkeley, California, in sporadic brawls on Saturday. Objections in cities around the rest of the two countries, including a number of tax marches in which demonstrators called for Trump to release his tax returns, continued more peacefully.

In Berkeley, police told media they had arrested 13 people by mid-afternoon, as resisting rallies spilled out of a park and into the streets.

With hundreds of people on both sides, the crowds mainly taunted one another with bullhorns, chants and wails. Occasionally, anti-Trump demonstrators threw fireworks. Small bands on both sides chased one another or brawled, sometimes with wooden planks, homemade shields, spars and pepper spray.

One standoff at a downtown intersection ended only when a smoking grenade detonated. In embarrassment, anti-Trump demonstrators fled as supporters of the president accused after them, attacking stragglers. In one altercation, demonstrators threw a jackpot of beans at one another.

Pepper spray is used as anti- and pro-Donald Trump demonstrators clash. Photo: Anda Chu/ AP

In another altercation, a objector who stole a Trump flag was chased down in front of a store and punched, until friends operated to his back and started to beat the Trump supporter involved. As with the other contends, it was eventually marked. At least a dozen people were interpreted bloodied or suffering the effects of pepper spray.

The first event planned to take place Saturday was a pro-free speech rally by groupings of Trump supporters. Resisting groups soon planned their own event.

Demonstrators in both camps bemoaned how hard it was to communicate with the other side, though occasionally they came together, often helping spectators caught “off ones guard”. At one point an anti-fascist shared her marijuana with a Trump supporter. For most of the working day, the two sides screamed slogans, like neo-fascists got to go and just plain commies off the streets.

Unlike previous conflicts in Berkeley such as a February protest that forced the far-right columnist Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel an event, and a March rally that led to 10 stoppages Trump supporters numbered at least as many if not more than their competitives. At one point an older man screamed: I claim Berkeley for the alt-right.

Lauren Southern, a Canadian activist popular in rightwing media, similarly declared: We won the duel of Berkeley!

By 4pm local period, the various types factions had mainly dispersed, leaving streets by and large calms and the park quiet.

They picked Berkeley since they are want to feel they could do this in the most liberal region in the two countries, supposed Geoff Millard, an anti-Trump objector, Iraq war veteran and Mr San Francisco Leather 2017. Its important that we shut them down and let them know they cant pulling this poop here.

Millard said the antifascist protest was meant to stir Nazis afraid and said the ideology that they propose throws public citizens at risk.

A Trump supporter assists an injured man. Photo: Josh Edelson/ AFP/ Getty Images

Others against the president variously argued that there were limits to free speech or that their purpose was to use their own voices to overwhelm and marginalize certain views that have appeared on the far right, for instance antisemitism and racism.

Anti- and pro-Trump demonstrators share marijuana on the streets of Berkeley. Photo: Alan Yuhas/ the Guardian

Several Trump supporters said they also seemed uncomfortable about those elements. One boy, who would describe himself as a Trump supporter from the Bay area, held a sign that spoke Da Goyim Know next to an image of a cross. He said the sign means were sick of living under neocon rule.

I think there are too many Jewish supremacists in the government and in the media, he supposed. If people of European descent wishes to stand up for the duties and simply want equal rights, theyre called white supremacists.

Accusations of antisemitism, he supposed, were used to justify anti-white racism.

Trump supporters nearby said they did not agree, and stressed the eclectic mixture of thoughts on their back: self-described non-progressives, libertarians, populists, traditionalists, reluctant converts, and a faction called the Proud Boys: a Bay area group of men, mostly in their 30 s, who call themselves western chauvinists.

One Proud Boy, who called himself Nick Money, said he was a Bernie Sanders supporter until he had an awakening last year. His group was providing security for Southern, who has previously encouraged Trump supporters take action in self-defense against disgusting antifa scum. In a video earlier this year, she supposed: While we should never start a fight we should always intention it.

A volunteer personnels an empathy tent in Berkeley. Photo: Alan Yuhas/ the Guardian

Despite Saturdays scuffles, nonetheless, partisans on both sides mainly teased and castigated one another, phones and cameras conjured. Police broke up contends but mainly stood apart. A solitary vendor showed for the usual Saturday farmers marketplace, which was canceled, and a Berkeley stalwart who calls himself Common Terry screamed that Trump supporters detest our farmers marketplace.

Nearby, an empathy tent stood empties of demonstrators, though a volunteer said she had helped several people from both sides there, just before a boy in a Make America Great Again hat stopped by to pick up a jacket his wife had left behind.

What are his conflicts in the best interests?

A peaceful feeling reigned at marches in more than 100 other cities across the US on Saturday, as demonstrators demanded the release of the presidents personal tax returns.

In Washington, demonstrators rallied on the west lawn of the Capitol before a parade to the Lincoln Memorial. Many wore pink knitted hats with pussy ears, who the hell is firstly interpreted en masse at the Womens March in the capital city in January.

Audrey Wagner, a DC resident, questioned the motivatings behind Trumps refusal to release his tax returns.

We need to know: what are his conflicts in the best interests? Does he have ties to Russia? she said.

Protestors call on President Donald Trump to release his levy records, in Washington. Photo: Mandel Ngan/ AFP/ Getty Images

Other demonstrators carried signs that remarked on the presidents frequent his trip to Mar-a-Lago, his private resort in Palm Beach, Florida where he is expending the Easter weekend with his family. Hundreds of activists paraded there too, convening groupings of Trump supporters. Florida police reported no violence.

In DC, lawmakers including Ron Wyden, Maxine Waters and Jamie Raskin addressed the crowd. Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate finance committee, has introduced legislation that would require sitting presidents, including Trump, to release their tax returns for the past three years. Trump has refused to liberated his yields, broke up with more than 40 years of precedent.

Trump said during the campaign that he would release his yields when the audit was complete. But after his inauguration, aide Kellyanne Conway said the president would not release his tax returns and that people didnt care.

Amanda Taub, a prof at Vermont Law School, told the Guardian the coming week Conways remarks triggered the idea for a Tax Day march.

Trump supposed people dont care about his tax returns, said one marcher in Washington on Saturday, Michelle Lee, from nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Thats clearly not the case. So get off the golf course and show us what youre hiding.

Pieces of Trumps tax history have dribbled out, including two pages of Trumps 2005 yields and documents from his 1995 filing, which showeda $916 m loss and that Trump could have used a loophole to legally avoid federal income taxes for over a decade.

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