Saturday becomes day of protests in downtown Seattle

Black Lives Matter protesters march on Fourth Avenue in Seattle on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Photo: Seattle Transportation Department)

SEATTLE - Saturday was a day of protest in downtown Seattle as a late-morning march aimed at President Donald Trump and his tax returns.

A second, larger march at mid-afternoon involved the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the first demonstration, protesters marched across downtown Seattle, taking part in a nationwide demonstration calling on Trump to release his tax returns.

Demonstrators rallied at the Federal Building about an hour before the march.

The march started at 11 a.m. and ended at the Seattle Center around 1 p.m.. Organizers estimate between 5,0000 and 10,000 participated in the Tax March.

There were also marches in Richland and Olympia.

Seattle police stationed plenty of officers in the downtown area during the march in Seattle.

Similar marches are planned in at least 150 other cities, including Washington D.C., the Associated Press says.

A Black Lives Matter rally, "dance party", and march started shortly after the first march. The event began at 2 p.m. in Westlake Park.

Several thousand people were marching Saturday afternoon through downtown Seattle. By late afternoon, they were gathering at the federal courthouse.

The Black Lives Matter march was also focusing on taxes, according to its Facebook page.

Authorities advise drivers in the area to use alternate routes.

Trump is the first major party nominee in more than 40 years to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. He later said that voters don't care.

Protest organizers say Americans deserve to know about Trump's business ties and potential conflicts of interest.

Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.

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