On the seventh day the protests are lit by the blackout in Venezuela



Dina walks slowly down the middle of a street without cars hitting the back of a plastic bucket with a stick. He advances towards a crowd that has begun to concentrate a few meters away from it in the Plaza de Altamira in Caracas.

"I'm not going out, it's the second time I go out, but today I said enough," says this 52-year-old woman as she walks while continuing to beat the container turned into a drum.

Dina Dornela ran out of patience when today she waited at the florist's office where she works to finish the last blackout and realized that the lack of light does not hit everyone equally and some even cope with the situation from a less uncomfortable position .

"I saw that in the restaurant in front of the work there was light and I could not take it anymore," he said in a calm and indignant tone, while still beating the bucket.

Like this woman of Portuguese descent, neighbors from different parts of Caracas began today to concentrate in small groups to turn their Sunday off into Sunday in the first protests after seven consecutive days with power supply problems and in the middle of the umpteenth blackout.

"Why do not people leave as in '89, when it was 0.5% of all this?", She asks indignantly, recalling the social outbreak of the famous Caracazo during the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez.

Next, she answers herself: "For the collectives", the groups of armed chavistas that attack the protesters in the streets.

"Do not think I'm not afraid but here I am," he says before joining the group.

The protests have spread from areas in eastern Caracas to the western neighborhoods, including Los Palos Grandes, El Cafetal, Coche, Catia or on January 23, popular areas of the Venezuelan capital.

In the center, a few streets from the Miraflores Palace, where Nicolás Maduro is, dozens of people cut a central avenue with obstacles and lit objects on the roadway to prevent traffic.

Until a group of the groups arrived shooting and people ran, as Efe could confirm.

Opposition sources also report protests in other states of the country such as Carabobo, Aragua, Lara and Zulia.

The protests come after a week of problems with electricity supply, which began with two blackouts on Monday and has left the population in the Venezuelan capital without water.

The blackouts also come when the country was just beginning to recover from another power outage on the 7th, an interruption that the government of Nicolás Maduro blamed on the opposition and the United States.

The opposition considers that the cause of these blackouts are the ineptitude of the Government and the lack of maintenance due to corruption and the diversion of the millionaire resources that should be destined to this sector.

The Executive of Maduro has denounced since March 7 five alleged acts of sabotage of the opposition accusing them of perpetrating electromagnetic, metallic attacks and the use of a sniper against the network to explain the power outages.

But nobody in the streets of the east of the city believes that theory.

With a stone, Jenny Cardenas hits the post of a traffic light, percussing with all her frustration as if wanting to make a hole for her.

"It can not be! Until when?" Says this dentist, summarizing her discomfort about a situation she says she can not take anymore.

"I have my children in the United States and in Spain, it can not be, I want them to work here, it can not be", he repeats again and again without referring directly to the blackout and then explaining how the country has deteriorated in the last years until the current "disaster".

In front of Jenny several people continue to concentrate explaining the reasons to protest with pots and songs of rejection to the Government.

Even the number is not great, but Jenny says that does not matter.

"You're going to see, they're going to come along, you'll see," he says.

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