Venezuelans :”This is not a sabotage, it is incompetence”
The whole of Venezuela spent 24 hours without electricity between Thursday and Friday, due to a blackout that the Government of Nicolas Maduro attributed yesterday to another “sabotage” in the Guri reservoir, where the country’s main hydroelectric power plant is located.
The streets were empty, as if it were a Sunday, shops were closed, people were walking through the city because the subway did not open and there were very few buses.
“This is unusual in an oil country, a whole day without light, this is not sabotage, this is incompetence, they are inept, my family is all at home, I left because I did not know if I had to work,” he told EL MUNDO. Alexis Urdaneta, a plumber of 52 years, after crossing half a city walking to return home.
The mobile lines collapsed and the people were totally cut off. From Ecuador, where he emigrated two years ago, Francisco Rodriguez wrote to all his friends to try to know about his parents, who had no signal at home. “I asked a friend who lives nearby to go and see how they were, because their cell phones died,” he said.
Some, nervous, pulled their cars to try to fill the gas tanks, but most stations were closed. Those who found some open, had to do hours in a row.
Many people stopped their cars in the middle of the main highway of Caracas, because it was the only place with a moderately stable mobile signal. Nobody knew what was happening. “I do not know anything, I do not know if the light has come back somewhere or not, I do not know how my family members from other states are, this is exasperating,” said Luz Fuenmayor as she checked into a hotel in Caracas to have access to energy. electrical and internet.
The hotel was one of the few whose power plant ran stable during all the hours of the blackout. One night it cost 139 minimum wages, a luxury within the reach of very few.
Mi total respaldo a todo el personal del Sistema Eléctrico Nacional que mantienen un intenso trabajo para recuperar el servicio. Admiro al pueblo venezolano que resiste con gallardía este nuevo ataque de los enemigos de la Patria. ¡Venceremos!
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 8, 2019
“My total support to all the personnel of the National Electric System who maintain an intense work to recover the service. I admire the Venezuelan people who resist with gallantry this new attack of the enemies of the Homeland. Overcome.”
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 6, 2019
However, in less than two hours there was a new blackout that shows that the ruling that, according to Nicols Maduro’s denunciations, is due to a “sabotage” orchestrated by the opposition with the participation of the United States.
During the blackout, the surroundings of the presidential palace of Miraflores, in the center of the city, were heavily militarized.
The president in charge, Juan Guaidó, has stated that the information he has available so far, from internal technicians of Corpolec, points to “an overload in a substation and a generation failure in the Guri, product of poor operational management” . Guaidó has accused the Maduro regime of “killing by action and by omission” and has stressed that in half of the country’s hospitals there is no electricity.
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The whole of Venezuela spent 24 hours without electricity between Thursday and Friday, due to a blackout that the Government of Nicolas Maduro attributed yesterday to another "sabotage" in the Guri reservoir, where the country's main hydroelectric power plant is located.