Sunday 16 May 2021

Venezuela introduces monthlong electricity rationing

Venezuela announced on Sunday the beginning of a 30-day electricity rationing plan. President Nicolas Maduro said the rationing regime would balance generation and transmission with consumption.

He did not elaborate on how the rationing program would be carried out.

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Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez also announced on Sunday that school activities would remain suspended and business hours would be reduced, workdays to end at 2 p.m.

Misery to a new level

The country’s ongoing chronic blackouts that began almost a month ago have raised the country’s misery to a new level. Consumed by deep economic and humanitarian crises, Venezuela still finds itself in a prolonged political standoff between Maduro and self-declared interim President Juan Guaido.

“We’re confronting monsters who want to destroy Venezuela,” Maduro said, blaming the electricity crisis on “sabotage” by the US and the opposition led by Guaido, who in turn blames neglect, mismanagement and corruption by the Maduro government for the state of the electrical grid.

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“There is no sabotage,” Guaido wrote on Twitter. “They brought the electrical system to a collapse because they are corrupt and now they can’t resolve it because they are incapable,” he added.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsShortages fuel unrest

Angry Venezuelans took to the streets, setting up burning barricades near the presidential palace in Caracas and in other parts of the country on Sunday to protest the power outages and shortages of drinking water.

Some demonstrators burned tires and tree trunks along a stretch of downtown Caracas, while others flocked to balconies and building windows to bang pots in protest and shout curses at Maduro.

Similar protests took place in other parts of the country, including the central state of Carabobo, where demonstrators reportedly burned tires and blocked roads.

Rights group Penal Forum said that so far 12 people had been arrested nationwide in protests relating to the lack of adequate public services.

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Maduro called on “colectivos” and other pro-government groups to help keep order as unrest mounts across Venezuela.

jcg/se (EFE, Reuters, AP)

Article originally appeared on Today Venezuela and is republished here with permission.

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