Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

Panella accepts intravenous rehydration

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Rome, December 19 - Marco Pannella, the historic
leader of Italy's Radical Party, on Wednesday agreed to allow
doctors to give him intravenous rehydration therapy after a
nine-day thirst-and-hunger strike that has put his life in
danger.
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.
Italian Premier Mario Monti visited Pannella Tuesday and
tried to persuade him to end the protest after doctors at the
Rome clinic he is staying at said he risked kidney failure and
cardiovascular problems.
"Let's see if we can save this (my) life in order to save
those of thousands of people who suffer an illegal situation in
prison," Pannella said in a video message.
"It's not a question of pity, but of justice," he added in
an interview with La Repubblica.
Pannella has accepted the therapy but he has not resumed
drinking and doctors said the situation was still worrying.
"We have just started the intravenous therapy with a
solution of water and sugar," said Professor Claudio Santini.
"We'll see what the results of this therapy are. They can't
be taken for granted.
"We'll have to see if diuresis resumes and, therefore,
kidney functioning recovers with the therapy".
Justice Minister Paola Severino praised Pannella's courage.
"We need Marco Pannella alive and the strong ideals he has
fought for all his life," she told Italian radio.
"I'd like to combat by his side, albeit with different
means. I consider Pannella to be a heroic person because he
sacrifices himself for an important cause.
"We have a common aim - to make prisons a humane place so
that making people serve their punishment does not mean taking
away their dignity and hope".
Pannella has staged a number of thirst-and-hunger strikes
in the past to protest about a variety of issues.

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