Venezuela Citizens Left In The Dark Amidst Widespread Blackout
(Venezuela) – Widespread power outages effected almost all of Venezuela’s 23 states on Friday, including the Capital of Caracas, further fueling tensions between those loyal to acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition figures.
While the direct cause of the power outage remained unclear, the Venezuelan government wasted no time in placing the blame on political provocateurs in the United States who support a transition of power from those who still support Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Videos posted on social media during the outage showed city streets packed with stranded commuters as the country’s public transportation system ground to a halt.
Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez took to state television urging people to have “a little bit of patience”, stating “If you’re in your home, stay in your home. If you’re in a protected space or at work, it’s better for you to stay there.”
Residents of Caracas took to the streets Friday night banging pots and pans together and hurling insults at the current regime, a sign that frustrations are growing in the country.
In the following video posted to YouTube, a man tells an interviewer that he witnessed people being forced to leave a supermarket after being told the store was closing so employees could go home and tend to personal affairs due to the outage.
Self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido addressed the crisis on Twitter, urging people to take to the streets in protest:
“Venezuela to the street! Tomorrow I call all the Venezuelan people to express ourselves massively in the streets against the usurper, corrupt and incompetent regime that has put our country in darkness. The cessation of the usurpation will be the cessation of darkness. Go Venezuela!”
As of Saturday afternoon, many parts of the struggling socialist nation remained without power.