On day of protest, police make 13 apprehends as pro-Trump mob clashes with anti-fascists in California and thousands call for fiscal revealing elsewhere

Hundreds of self-described anti-fascist protesters and those in favour of Donald Trump clashed in Berkeley, California, in sporadic brawl on Saturday. Complains in cities around the rest of the country, including a number of tax processions in which demonstrators called for Trump to release his tax returns, proceeded more peacefully.

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

With several hundred people on each side, the crowds mostly taunted one another with bullhorns, chants and wails. Occasionally, anti-Trump protesters threw fireworks. Small bands on both sides chased one another or brawled, sometimes with wooden planks, homemade shields, poles and pepper spray.

One standoff at a downtown intersection ended only when a smoke grenade exploded. In confusion, anti-Trump protesters fled as supporters of the president charged after them, attacking stragglers. In one altercation, demonstrators threw a jackpot of beans at one another.

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Pepper spray is used as anti- and pro-Donald Trump protesters 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 allies operated to his side and started to beat the Trump supporter involved. As with the other opposes, it was eventually divided. At least a dozen people were watched bloodied or suffering the effects of pepper spray.

The first event planned for Saturday was a pro-free speech rallying by a group of Trump supporters. Resisting groups quickly coordinated 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 bystanders caught off guard. At one point an anti-fascist shared her marijuana with a Trump supporter. For the majority of members of the day, each side screamed slogans, like neo-fascists got to go and just plain commies off the streets.

Unlike previous clashes in Berkeley such as a February protest that forced the far-right novelist Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel an event, and a March rally that led to 10 apprehends Trump supporters numbered at the least as many if not more than their competitors. 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 battle of Berkeley!

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

They picked Berkeley because they want to feel they could do this in the most liberal place in the country, told 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 crap here.

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

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A Trump supporter facilitates 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 extreme right, for example antisemitism and racism.

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

Several Trump supporters said they likewise felt uncomfortable about those elements. One man, who would describe himself as a Trump supporter from the Bay area, comprised a sign that read 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 told. If people of European descent wishes to stand up for their rights and only crave equal rights, theyre called white supremacists.

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

Trump supporters nearby said they did not concur, and stressed the eclectic mix of suggestions on their side: self-described non-progressives, libertarians, populists, conservatives, 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 told: While we should never start a fight we should ever terminate it.

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

Despite Saturdays scuffles, nonetheless, partisans on both sides mostly taunted and castigated one another, telephones and cameras elevated. Police broke up opposes but mostly stood apart. A solitary marketer showed for the usual Saturday farmers market, which was canceled, and a Berkeley stalwart who calls himself Common Terry screamed that Trump supporters dislike our farmers market.

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

What are his conflicts in the best interests?

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

In Washington, protesters rallied on the west lawn of the Capitol before a marching to the Lincoln Memorial. Many wore pink knitted hats with pussy ears, which were first watched en masse at the Womens March in the capital in January.

Audrey Wagner, a DC resident, questioned the motives 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.

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

Other protesters carried signs that remarked on the presidents frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago, his private resort in Palm Beach, Florida where he is spending the Easter weekend with his family. Hundreds of activists marched there too, meeting a group 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 chairpeople, including Trump, to release their tax returns for the past three years. Trump has refused to liberated his returns, broke up with more than 40 years of precedent.

Trump said during the campaign that he would release his returns 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 this week Conways commentaries triggered the relevant recommendations for a Tax Day march.

Trump told people dont am worried about his tax returns, said one marcher in Washington on Saturday, Michelle Lee, from nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Thats clearly absolutely no truth to the rumors. 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 returns and documents from his 1995 filing, which showeda $916 m loss and that Trump could have employed a loophole to legally avoid federal income taxes for over a decade.

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