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In Washington, DC, more than 500 people donned white lab coats and carried signs that said, "Science not Silence" and "Make America Smart Again" a play on Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again".

About 5,000 people were expected to attend the Washington D.C. March for Science on Saturday, with thousands of others attending similar marches in cities around the country, the Washington Post reported. Organizers estimated that 15,000 people took part in San Diego's march previous year.

Participants called for policymakers to consult with experts before making decisions, and to enact evidence-based policies that serve all communities.

Mittleman, who works in science communications, told CNN she was advocating for "so many things!"

Lower Saucon resident MyLien Nguyen said she attended the rally because she supports science and wants the administration to support science. "Also to help with the communication of facts and research to help educate people that may not have the resources they need to understand science and its impact on everyone".

The All India People's Science Network and the Breakthrough Science Society, two non-government organisations which have scientists from academic institutions among its members, said the march was aimed to demonstrate resistance to government's "apathy and disdain for science". Education should not be limited to scientists, she said.

Messages from Prof M S Swaminathan, an agricultural scientist from Chennai, Prof M Anandakrishnan, for the VC of Anna University and former chairman of IIT Kanpur and Prof Deepankar Chatterjee, honorary professor at IISc were read on the occasion.

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