Gallerist Assaulted for Showing Painting of Prisoner Abuse

Dozens of art lovers and First Amendment defenders turned out Saturday outside a San Francisco gallery to show support for owner Lori Haigh, who has been under siege for the last two weeks for displaying a controversial painting depicting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the supporters had hoped to persuade Haigh to reconsider her decision to close the Capobianco Gallery, which came after she was threatened, spat upon, and, most recently, punched in the face for showing Guy Colwell's painting depicting the torture of Iraqi prisoners.