The Cambrian

Charges pending in LaRouche fight

A Cambria man may face some charges following a minor set-to confrontation in downtown Cambria about noon Wednesday. No arrests were made at the time.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Aug. 2 that the department has asked the county District Attorney’s Office to review a case in which Antony Holderman, 63, allegedly took a political poster from a display set up on the sidewalk in front of the Bank of America building at 2252 Main Street, right in the busy East Village business neighborhood.

When one of the supporters of ultra-conservative political activist and author Lyndon LaRouche tried to take back the sign, Holderman allegedly got into a brief fistfight with the man.

After the fisticuffs, Holderman, who went down in the Main Street crosswalk, complained of chest pains and was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Cipolla said charges that might be lodged against Holderman could possibly even include strong-arm robbery.

Anyplace else, and the incident might not have been notable. But because the fight happened on one of the busiest business blocks in such a small town, it drew a lot of attention. The confrontation reportedly brought auto and pedestrian traffic there to a standstill.

The ultra-conservative political display, which urged people to help recall President Obama, had drawn a small crowd before the fistfight, according to witness Tina Dickason. She said she and many others felt the photographic images and strongly-worded phrases on the political signs were offensive.

Dickason said deputies told her the young couple who set up the LaRouche booth were from the Los Angeles area.

Another witness, Cassidy Riley, said the fight looked like “a schoolhouse fight that erupted into physical violence…people let personal politics get in the way of whatever message they were trying to convey.”

Rick Bruce, who opposes LaRouche doctrine, said on Facebook later he went to the protest area to tell the couple that, even though he disagrees with what they were displaying and saying, he supports their right to say it. Free speech laws, he said, apply as much “to speech you hate as much as speech you cherish.”