Apagón: Massive power blackouts in Venezuela

From our Inevitable Outcomes of Socialism Bureau

No food, no medicines, no hope, no freedom, no nuthin’, and now no electricity.

Back to the stone age, folks! All aboard the socialist train to Utopia!

Cubans have been dealing with blackouts and brownouts for six decades. In Venezuela it’s becoming routine, too, but the folks still feel the shock of it as somewhat new.

My uncle in Havana was lucky. He never had to put up with brownouts or blackouts because his street was on the same electrical grid as the Communist Party hospital.

You can count on something similar happening in Venezuela right now. Those power blackouts never affect the top dogs. The socialist oligarchs never lack anything, but their slaves lack everything.

Caracas yesterday

From the masters of understatement at the BBC:

Schools and workplaces in Venezuela have closed as an electricity blackout continues into a second day.

The power cuts, which started on Thursday afternoon, have been caused by issues at a major hydroelectric plant.

The government of President Nicolás Maduro has blamed the opposition, accusing them of sabotage.

It comes amid rising tensions over opposition efforts – backed by the US and some Latin American countries – to remove Mr Maduro from power.

Commuters in Caracas were plunged into almost complete darkness during rush hour on Thursday before the blackout extended to other areas.

The lack of electricity has caused flights to be diverted from the main airport in Caracas, from where thousands of workers were forced to walk home.

The problems stem from the Guri dam plant and have affected the telephone network and metro in Caracas.

State television on Friday said power had been restored in some parts of the capital.

However, local media reports say 15 of the country’s 23 states have been affected by the blackouts, as well as Caracas.

Mr Maduro has accused opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó of trying to mount a coup with the help of “US imperialists”.

Mr Guaidó said on Twitter that the blackout was a matter of “chaos, concern and anger” and “evidence of the usurper’s inefficiency”, adding that “light would return” once Mr Maduro was removed from power.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighed in, blaming the “Maduro regime’s incompetence”.

“No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro,” he tweeted.

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Carcas yesterday