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Demonstrators call for Trump to release tax returns

 Tax Day demonstrators gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol April 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered in cities nationwide to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.
Tax Day demonstrators gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol April 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered in cities nationwide to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.
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Thousands of people across the nation took to the streets Saturday to challenge President Donald Trump's decision not to release his tax returns.

Presidential candidates have traditionally released their returns, but – like for many things – Trump has broken with norms as a candidate and president.

Nearly a dozen protests took place in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.  Demonstrators gathered in Long Beach, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palmdale, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles.

"American people have the right to see what kind of business dealings [Trump] has in foreign countries and other things that would affect his ability to lead the country with our best interest first...rather than his own economic interests," said Delia Brown, one of the lead organizers of the L.A. march.

An inflatable chicken resembling Trump was featured at demonstrations around the country. In Hollywood, the chicken was inflated at the Trumps star on the Walk of Fame.

Members of the Trump administration have said the president will never release his tax returns. On an episode of ABC's "This Week" in January, Kellyanne Conway, a presidential aide, claimed that most Americans were fine without seeing Trump's tax returns.

"We litigated this all through the election," said Conway. "People didn't care."

Many signs carried by protestors emphasized that people do care.

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"This is something that we feel strongly that the American people have the right to see,” said Brown. “Transparency in general, accountability in general from government — public officials who are elected by us are employed by us and need to answer to us, the American people."

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