Pistoia, December 26 - Marco Pannella, the historic leader of Italy's Radical Party said on Wednesday that he had agreed to stop his 15-day hunger strike but was "ready to resume if the state does not stop its flagrant criminal, Fascist, Nazi and totalitarian Communist totalitarian". "Last night I suspended my thirst-and-hunger strike," Pannella told inmates during a three-hour annual holiday visit to a prison in Pistoia near Florence. Pannella, 82, started the strike to call for an amnesty to stop chronic overcrowding in Italy's jails, and for prisoners be given the right to vote. Last Wednesday he allowed doctors to give him intravenous rehydration therapy after the clinic he was staying in said his was life in danger. Italian Premier Mario Monti visited Pannella and tried to persuade him to end the protest after doctors said he risked kidney failure and cardiovascular problems.
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