The massive blackout occurred on Thursday in Greater Caracas and was condemned by Nicolás Maduro in almost all states of Venezuela as a "sabotage" against the United States' main dam. About eight hours after the outage began, some lights were burning in buildings in the east of the capital, the AFP said.
Electricity broke out at 17:00 in Caracas. which led to the collapse of traffic due to the evacuation of the metro and traffic lights. The tides of the people went several kilometers to their workplace. According to travelers' reports, the blackout also affected Simón Bolívar International Airport via social networks.
In addition, a match between Deportivo Lara of Venezuela and Emelec of Ecuador was suspended by Group B of the Copa Libertadores. for this Thursday evening in the city of Barquisimeto and postponed for the Friday afternoon. Late at night, after seven hours, the service had not been restored. In some areas of Caracas, the population blew in pots in protest.
"We are tired, exhausted!" Said Estefanía Pacheco, mother of two children who had to walk 1
At the same time, the telephone lines and the Internet are failing. "It's sad when these things happen," complained Estefanía, because power outages are common in Venezuela. Chronically spread for years in the western zone, they have spread in Caracas and other areas. Experts accuse the Socialist government of lack of investment in maintaining infrastructure in the midst of a severe economic crisis, but high-ranking officials often denounce "acts of sabotage".
Almost at midnight, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez condemned a "major strike," but assured that the service would recover in the states of Bolívar, Anzoátegui, Monagas, and Nueva Esparta in the east of the country. Rodriguez accused "extremist sectors" and also referred to US Senator Marco Rubio, whom he described as a "crime reporter".
hours ago, the Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez had claimed that it was a criminal sabotage "brutal" that wants to leave Venezuela for "several days" without power, and also accuses Rubio.
Marco Rubio, a sharp critic of the government of Nicolás Maduro, mocked Rodriguez to release a video accusing him of "No, it's not Dr. Evil from the movie Austin Powers it's "Caracas Bob" (…) who revealed how I personally sabotaged a hydropower plant and caused a massive national power outage. "
"The electric war against our people announced and led by US imperialism will be defeated, nothing and no one will be able to defeat the people of Bolivar and Chávez, maximum unity of patriots!", He tweeted for his do Maduro.
The Socialist leader stands in front of the government of Donald Trump, who has recognized the Speaker of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, as responsible President of Venezuela and over 50 countries.
One year ago Maduro ordered the armed forces to activate a special plan to protect installations of the electrical system from the "electric war" that causes popular dissatisfaction, but the failures persist. Electricity company Corpoelec condemned, without providing details, a sabotage in Bolivar State Reservoir.
"They sabotaged the generation in Guri … This is part of the electric war against the state, we'll let it happen, we're working to restore service," the company wrote on Twitter. Guri is one of the largest dams in Latin America and is only surpassed by Itaipu between Brazil and Paraguay.
"We have Guri, Tocoma and Caruachi, we have Planta Centro and Tacoa, we have water, oil and gas, but unfortunately we have a usurper in Miraflores," tweeted Juan Guaidó.
Before nightfall, the blackouts paralyzed the trade. The Bolívar, the local currency, quickly depreciated due to ongoing depreciation and hyperinflation, which the IMF projected to 10,000,000 by 2019.
This resulted in cash shortages as the maximum denomination was 500 bolivars. That's just 15 cents, which is not enough to buy even a candy. The situation makes electronic transactions indispensable, even for small businesses like buying a loaf. Adriana Bellorín, a lawyer, had gone in search of food. "I can not buy without light", he complained and complained about recurring power failures.