Cartoon, Film Protests Break Out in Afghanistan

France will again close embassies in 20 countries
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2012 8:19 AM CDT
Afghans hold placards reading: "Our leader Mohammed" during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

(Newser) – Small protests broke out in Afghanistan today over both the French nude Mohammed cartoons and the Innocence of Muslims. About 300 students in Kabul gathered to chant "death to France, death to America," the AFP reports, and hundreds more gathered nearby. The demonstrations were peaceful, however. Reaction to the cartoons has been muted so far, but France will again close embassies and schools in 20 countries tomorrow as a precaution, the Wall Street Journal reports. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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