Venezuela blames sabotage & ‘US electricity war’ after major power outage

Friday - 08/03/2019 17:51
A view of Caracas during blackout. ©  Reuters / Carlos Jasso
A view of Caracas during blackout. © Reuters / Carlos Jasso
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” against the country, as Caracas and other cities were plunged into darkness Thursday night. The government says the incident is likely sabotage.

Early on Friday, supply of electricity had been restored to “some parts” of Caracas, Venezuela’s Telesur broadcaster reported.

Thousands of commuters in Caracas had to walk home on Thursday as a power outage shut down the capital’s subway, resulting in massive traffic jams.The lights also went out in the largest airport of Caracas.


People on social media described disruptions in most of the nation’s regions and it is unclear how long the blackout will last. The government had to cancel school lessons and suspend the working day on Friday due to the emergency, Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter.

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