Huge power outage leaves Venezuela in darkness

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Caracas, March 9 (IANS) A massive power outage has left most of Venezuela without electricity.

At least 70 per cent of the country still had no power on Friday evening, more than 20 hours after the massive outage, CNN reported.

The blackout stopped mass transit in the capital of Caracas, shutting businesses and gas stations.

State broadcaster VTV reported that some power had been restored but provided no specific numbers or locations.

Miguel Lara, a former electricity executive at Venezuela’s National Electric Corp. told CNN that the outage at Venezuela’s main hydroelectric power station in Guri, Bolivar state, was most likely the result of old equipment and bad maintenance.

“That damage happened because the machines are old,” Lara said. “There are not any spare parts or enough people to upgrade the system.”

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But authorities quickly blamed the blackout on anti-government saboteurs. Electricity Minister Luis Motta Dominguez called the blackout an “electricity war” and act of sabotage.

President Nicolas Maduro posted on Twitter: “The electric war announced and led by the American imperialism against our people will be defeated. Nothing and no one can beat the people of Bolivar and Chavez. Maximum unity of the Patriots.”

Blackouts have become a daily occurrence across Venezuela as the economic crisis has worsened, but one of this magnitude was rare.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself the country’s acting president in January, described the blackout as further proof that time was almost up for Maduro.

“Venezuela knows that the light will arrive with the end of the usurpation,” Guaido tweeted on Friday.

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  1. I want to express on my behalf and on behalf of my family the Honorable Government, including its executive branch and the different authorities with competence in legislative and foreign affairs of Canada, our eternal gratitude for the decisive and decisive actions that they have been taking correctly and recurrently in the course of the frightful crisis that today plagues Venezuela, especially in terms of sanctions and convictions against those who make up the top of a mafia and criminal organization that to date keeps a whole country abducted including its institutions and inhabitants, the latter represents an unpublished fact in our Western Hemisphere.

    In this regard, I would like to point out that what distinguishes a serious and developed country against those who are not, is that in the former there is agreement between what is said and what is done, that is, between the word and the facts, in such a way that when a government repeatedly practices the values ​​and beliefs that they legitimately represent as a society, they are guaranteeing to their citizens that human longings such as Liberty, Justice, Order and Equality will be the most sacred principles of its action, awakening the admiration and respect of all those who suffer in the world because of the tyranny and misery of those who, in the name of democracy, betray the trust and hopes of their own nationals.

    I have no doubt that the Canadians are on the right side of history, today as yesterday fighting in all instances and worldwide forums for a better world for them and for the international community, as they demonstrated in the Second World War when integrating Allied Command along with the US, England and France defeated Nazi Germany, it is noteworthy that a few years ago no one imagined inside or outside Venezuela that the Bolivarian Revolution would become a danger that would destabilize the world order , they minimized them and did not give them the importance that that danger was in the medium and long for all. Now we have left as our ancestors did again fight against the enemy, this time internal and supported by the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans and Cubans, all of them flagrant violators of the most basic human and civil rights of all that citizen who dares to think different.

    God Bless Canada!