UPDATE: ONE of the key organisers of an Islamic rally planned for Sunday has called off the event blaming the media, police and politicians for creating a violent atmosphere.
Swaybah Javed, who had helped invite more than 1800 people through social networking to a rally outside the city's State Library, says she's been forced to scrap the event.
In her post on a Facebook page for the rally, Ms Javed said she had always planned to protest peacefully.
“Unfortunately due to the police, the media, politicians and other racists this is not possible,” she said in her post this morning.
“The media, police and politicians have created an atmosphere where any attempt to have a peaceful protest will end in violence. I do not mean violence by Muslims, but violence focused AT Muslims.”
Ms Javed, a university graduate who has been involved in other protests and pro-Pakistan events, said her Muslim friends have been calling her and warning that they've already been racially abused and threatened.
Ms Javed told AAP it was a "shameful day for Australia when Islamophobia has boiled over to the point where it is impossible to carry out a peaceful protest".
Ms Javed said she had organised the rally in response to controversial YouTube film Innocence of Muslims, the treatment of Sydney protesters and in response to the “racially targeted” terror raids in Melbourne last week.
Despite the cancellation, almost 250 people are still listed to attend the event at the State Library on Sunday.
Victoria Police will remain on high alert.
“Plans will continue as is. We will continue to monitor the situation and have enough recourses available to ensure everyone is safe,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said today.
Meanwhile, police have admitted the rally was being hijacked by violent groups intent on mayhem.
Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright yesterday said people known to have a history of violence were behind the protest, which he claimed was being shunned by the Islamic community.
And Mr Cartwright labelled a text message calling on Australians to "come ready for battle" in a counter rally "disgusting."
But he dismissed the text and said police were "not sure it was legitimate".
"Our intelligence suggests ... that it's not actually the Islamic community organising the protest, it's in fact other groups and these groups have been associated with violent protests in the past," Mr Cartwright said.
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The 28-year-old Jordanian woman was photographed encouraging her four-year-old son to hold up a sign which read, "Behead all those who insult the prophet".
But the woman, who has only been in Australia for two years, said she picked up the sign in Hyde Park and, after waving it herself for a short time, gave it to her young child to pose with.
"She said she didn't know what behead meant," a senior police source said.
"She recognised the word 'prophet' and assumed it was something in support of him."
The woman told police she was "embarrassed" by the fuss she had caused.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell called for the woman to be investigated by child protection services.
Mr Cartwright earlier said police were tracking the people believed to be organising the Melbourne rally.
"These people are purporting to be protesting about the anti-Islamic film. There are concerns that they may not be doing that at all, that they might have other motivations, some of which might be to see violence and disruption in the city," he said.
"We are trying to make contact with those people."
He said Islamic leaders were also urging its community not to attend the protest.
Tony Vlahos, a Melbourne Muslim, said he was concerned about a protest being taken over.
"I think they will hijack it and try to fight with the police ... putting the Muslim community into further disrepute and danger," Mr Vlahos said.
It follow a decision by the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo to print obscene cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which led to fresh protests erupting in the Muslim world over the anti-Islam film made by extremist Coptic Christians in the United States.
The White House has since questioned the judgment of the French magazine but said the decision was no justification for violence.
- with John Masanauskas, Mark Morri and AAP
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