A student group at the University of California, Irvine, was going ahead with plans to show the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad first published in a Danish newspaper despite the objections of Muslims on campus and in the larger community.
After spending a week trying to get the event canceled, the Muslim Student Union said it would protest outside the 424-seat auditorium where the cartoons were to be shown as part of a panel discussion on Islamic extremism Tuesday evening. The Council on American-Islamic Relations - which had been invited to participate in the panel - planned a boycott instead.
The debate on the event follows incidents at other campuses, including Harvard University and the University of Illinois, where student newspapers published the Danish cartoons, one of which shows the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.
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