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A Full List of Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6

On Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., more than 500 marchers gathered at the foot of the Capitol to protest against President Donald Trump’s policies. With many people sporting gold “Keep America Great” pins, the crowd was a cross-section of the American population, standing united for a common cause.

The crowd was estimated at 200,000, according to NBC News. Police had reportedly warned of possible protests after Trump’s administration rolled out the controversial travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries – but there was no real organized effort until the hour-long march on Jan. 6.

“People brought the initiative in two months after the ban was put into place,” Maggie Evans, president of MICHIE, an event organizer, told NBC News.

The march came two days after Trump’s inauguration and was particularly telling for one group of people in particular: Federal agents from the F.B.I., they told the Washington Post.

A dozen agents, with their names concealed, were interviewed by the Post last week about their participation in the protest that day and the storm of negative attention it generated.

“It made me have to consider my integrity and my career,” said one agent to the Post.

Another called out the lack of respect for women and the human rights movement that day.

“I thought there was no way I’m going to participate in this,” the agent said. “There’s nothing we can do but try to calm people down and convince them that this was kind of a joke.”

Earlier this month, then-F.B.I. director James Comey testified in Congress that agents were allowed to march.

“The vast majority, if not all, of the folks who participated in the demonstration did so without being asked to do so,” he told Congress.

The Post described “federal agents” as “agents who work at the F.B.I.”

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