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Venezuela Power Outage pulls its leaders to deeper tensions: NPR

In connection with a wide power outage in Venezuela on Thursday, relatives of a patient in the dark halls of a health clinic in Caracas. Ariana Cubillos / AP hide caption change caption Ariana Cubillos / AP In a widespread power outage in Venezuela on Thursday, relatives of a patient in the dark halls of a health clinic in Caracas go. Ariana Cubillos / AP A massive power outage has swept over Venezuela, leaving its two leaders incredibly over who is to blame for throwing the country in the dark for a time of deep political concern. The outbreak began Thursday evening at peak hours, which gave the subway system in Caracas stop. Thousands of commuters returned home on foot, their walks only lit by cell phones and stars. President Nicolás Maduro was quick to blame the " elkriget " in the United States, which has supported Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó after he declared his interim president in January and received claims from dozens of countries. "The warfare declared and governed by American imperialism against our people will be defeated," Maduro said. "Nothing and no one will defeat the people of Bolívar and Chávez." Minister of Communications Jorge Rodríguez described the outbreak as an attack on Venezuela's electrical system – "a criminal act" run by later Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Who has has been an obvious critic of Maduro. Guaidó said that 22 states were without electricity for hours, breaking a record for Caracas. "Chaos, anxiety and anger" he said…

In connection with a wide power outage in Venezuela on Thursday, relatives of a patient in the dark halls of a health clinic in Caracas.

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In a widespread power outage in Venezuela on Thursday, relatives of a patient in the dark halls of a health clinic in Caracas go.

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A massive power outage has swept over Venezuela, leaving its two leaders incredibly over who is to blame for throwing the country in the dark for a time of deep political concern.

The outbreak began Thursday evening at peak hours, which gave the subway system in Caracas stop. Thousands of commuters returned home on foot, their walks only lit by cell phones and stars.

President Nicolás Maduro was quick to blame the ” elkriget ” in the United States, which has supported Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó after he declared his interim president in January and received claims from dozens of countries.

“The warfare declared and governed by American imperialism against our people will be defeated,” Maduro said. “Nothing and no one will defeat the people of Bolívar and Chávez.”

Minister of Communications Jorge Rodríguez described the outbreak as an attack on Venezuela’s electrical system – “a criminal act” run by later Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Who has has been an obvious critic of Maduro.

Guaidó said that 22 states were without electricity for hours, breaking a record for Caracas.

“Chaos, anxiety and anger” he said .

“This blackout is evidence of the inefficiency of the usurper,” Guaidó said, referring to Maduro. “The recovery of the electric sector and the country comes by stopping the usurpation.”

U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo echoed Guaidós position, and defeated Maduro’s regime for the energy card. “The outbreak and devastation that hurt ordinary Venezuelans is not because of the United States” he said . “It is not because of Colombia. It is not Ecuador or Brazil, Europe or anywhere else. Lack of power and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.”

He added “No food. No medicine Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.”

Pompeo’s remark follows a humanitarian operation that went wrong in February. Truckloads of food and medicine turned away at the border and Maduro government celebrated it as a victory against regime change.

Over the years, food and medicine shortages have sent millions of citizens flying for a better life. Hyper inflation is estimated to be 10 million percent by 2019, according to the International Monetary Fund, and sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are likely to increase the country’s economic situation.

Electricity shortage is not uncommon in the once rich country. Although large oil reserves are exporting, the government exports its oil and Venezuelans use hydropower for their energy. Years of poor investment in hydro power plants, combined with drought, have weakened the energy network.

A decade after the nationalization of the energy sector in 2007, the government began to shut down the power grid in cities and cities across the country. Because of the rolling blackouts, Venezuelans have seen their food disintegrate, their devices are destroyed, and even the healthcare sufferers, with doctors who say they sometimes perform operations under the light of the mobile phone. Last year, an interruption of three people’s death resulted, including a newborn.

On Thursday, nurses held a rich Caracas health clinic light to monitor the vital signs of premature infants because backup generators had shut down, The Associated Press reported. Maduro ordered schools, companies and authorities to close while the crew tried to restore power.

Rubio reminded his followers on Twitter that Maduro’s regime has gone as far as blaming iguanas for their electric misery. And he hit back on communications minister Jorge Rodríguez, who accused him of fomenting the massive outbreak. “I apologize to Venezuela,” Rubio said . “I must have printed the wrong thing on the” Electronic attack “app that I downloaded from Apple. I’m bad.”

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