Protests in different parts of Venezuela for the blackouts



Groups of people in different parts of Venezuela have begun to protest this Sunday in the streets against the blackouts in the middle of a new cut of supply in the whole country, in the seventh consecutive day of interruptions of the supply.

In the center of Caracas, on Avenida Fuerzas Armadas, dozens of protesters cut the street at three points, interrupting traffic in one of the main centers of protests.

Elsewhere in the Venezuelan capital, such as Altamira, the Palos Grandes, the Cafetal or Coche, protests are taking place with hundreds of neighbors in the streets shouting slogans against the government and beating pots and pans to express their irritation with the situation.

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

The protests took place on the seventh day with supply problems after two blackouts on Monday left the country in darkness, and since then, despite several reconnections of the fluid, it has been possible to recover normal operation.

The Government of Nicolás Maduro has denounced five acts of "sabotage" against the National Electric System (SEN), since the day 7 there was a first blackout that could not control until the fifth day.

Around 09.40, local time (13.40 GMT), the flow of energy was interrupted in the Venezuelan capital that, almost in its entirety, had regained service after the blackout occurred on Saturday night.

The Executive of Nicolás Maduro denounced last night that the latter fault was caused by a "synchronized double attack" against the electrical system that turned off the light of millions of homes on Friday and Saturday nights at the same time.

Until now, the government has blamed the Venezuelan opposition and the US Administration for "attacking" the SEN with electromagnetic, mechanical, long-range rifle and fire methods.

Maduro's government has also admitted a failure in the system although as a consequence of previous "terrorist attacks".

The Venezuelan opposition, for its part, blames the government and the state-owned Corporación Eléctrica (Corpoelec) for the increase in these blackouts that began a decade ago and became frequent especially in regions far away from Caracas.

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