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Area protesters join national call for president's tax returns

Protesters gathered in Hemming Park

Protesters gathered in Hemming Park Saturday as part of a national protest to make President Donal Trump's most recent tax returns public
Protesters gathered in Hemming Park Saturday as part of a national protest to make President Donal Trump's most recent tax returns public

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Protesters gathered in Hemming Park Saturday as part of a national protest to make President Donald Trump’s most recent tax returns public.

For the past 40 years, every president and presidential nominee has made their most recent tax returns public.
Hundreds of people gathered at Hemming Park and marched through downtown with signs reading, “release or resign."

Trump has said that Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls show 74 percent of Americans say he should release them.

Many lawmakers, including some Republicans, have also called on him to make them public. And a petition demanding that Trump release his returns has garnered more than 1 million signatures.

Since the White House has not indicated any intention in releasing the president’s returns, protesters said they are ready to make their voices heard.

“I would really like our president to reveal his tax forms. Just to see – (to) be transparent,” protester Robin Rutledge said. “It’s tradition, and all things considered with the Russian connections, I believe, it’s important that we the American people know that he’s good to go, that he’s clear.”

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The organizers of Saturday's marches said there were more than 180 planned across 48 states and the District of Columbia.

One of organizer of the Jacksonville march, John Aloszka, said he wants to “keep the momentum going off the women’s march.”

“I think we need to continually apply pressure to Donald Trump, and this is something that I think is really important,” Aloszka said. “You know, not releasing your tax forms, that’s a big deal. Because it has business ties; it has how much money he makes; it has how much he gives to charity. All these things he claims, ‘I make all this money, I donate all this money,’ well where is the proof? So we are really trying to hold him accountable for his word.”

Trump supporters told News4Jax that Trump is not required by law to release his taxes, so they don’t see the issue.

“It’s not a necessity, but it’s somewhat of a tradition, but it’s not the law,” Tru mp supporter Gary Snow said. “You know, if he wants to show his taxes, he can, and if he doesn’t, then he doesn’t have to.”

A man was seen being carried off by police, but there was no word if he is facing any charges.

There were no reports of violence in the Jacksonville protest.