The March 7 (local time) blackout in Venezuela.
The March 7 (local time) blackout in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Opposition leader blames govt. for 'murder' of blackout victims

ANI | Updated: Mar 11, 2019 16:49 IST

Caracas [Venezuela], Mar 11 (ANI): Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday (local time) alleged that the seventeen victims who lost their lives in the country’s blackout were “murdered” by the Nicolas Maduro government.
In an interview to CNN, Venenzuela’s self-declared interim president said, “I can't call it anything else, due to lack of electricity. Imagine if in your country, you wake to the news that there has been four days without electricity because they steal from electricity plants and 17 people died. That's murder.”
Venezuela, which is currently in the throes of a political crisis, experienced an almost total blackout last week which left 22 out of the 23 states in the country without electricity.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro alleged that one of the country's energy facilities came under a cyber attack on Saturday (local time), leading to the disruption of efforts in restoring electricity supply across the Latin American nation.
Maduro accused the opposition, led by Juan Guaido, of orchestrating the attack on Venezuela's power supply system.
Hospitals across Venezuela were largely affected due to the blackouts. An NGO, called Doctors for Health, claims that 13 people lost their lives due to the blackouts alone.
Juan further opined in the interview that as a consequence of the massive power outage, Venezuela “has collapsed already.”
“There is no service in the hospitals. These were the best hospitals in the country. If we are in the capital what is it like kilometers inside Venezuela where there hasn't been or there has been very little gasoline with periodic cuts in electricity, without basic goods, with inefficient public transportation? You can say with all responsibility that Venezuela has already collapsed,” CNN reported Juan as saying.
The electricity disruption hit Venezuela on Thursday, with national electricity supplier Corpoelec alleging "sabotage" at the Guri hydroelectric power plant.
Mudaro had earlier blamed the United States for the blackout – a claim which has been rejected by Washington.
Meanwhile, rival rallies were held in Caracas on Saturday. Anti-government protesters asked for Maduro to step down, while pro-government supporters called for the United States to stop "sabotaging" and interfering in the country's internal affairs.
Furthermore, hundreds of passengers were left stranded as flights were cancelled at Caracas' Simón Bolívar International Airport owing to the electricity disruption. (ANI)