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Colorado Springs rally for Trump's tax returns draws more than 200 people

April 15, 2017 Updated: April 16, 2017 at 9:41 am
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Protesters march through downtown Colorado Springs Saturday, April 15, 2017, during a rally for President Donald Trump’s tax returns that began on the steps of the Colorado Springs City Hall. A rally in support of Trump was held later in the day at Acacia Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

More than 200 people marched on the sidewalks of downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.

The march began from City Hall and ended at noon, just an hour before Republicans were scheduled to gather at Acacia Park in celebration of Trump’s actions thus far as president.

The morning demonstration was in step with others across the nation on what is typically the deadline for income tax returns, although this year Tax Day was pushed to April 18. A similar March in Denver was expected to draw thousands of people.

Over the last 40 years, presidents - with the exception of Gerald Ford - have released some of their tax returns. Trump has said he will not release his tax returns because he's being audited by the IRS.

Protesters called for transparency and openness from Trump, who has come under fire for his foreign business dealings, which critics say could be conflicts of interest.

“What is he hiding?” asked protester Julie White, 41, of Colorado Springs. “Especially with this administration, we need answers.”

The demonstrators left from City Hall at about 11 a.m., marching north on Nevada Avenue past Acacia Park, west on Platte Avenue, south on Tejon Street and east on Kiowa Street back to the starting point.

The afternoon rally, held by the El Paso County Republican Party, was scheduled to begin at Acacia Park at 1 p.m.

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