Duluth, March 8, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com)
Since 5pm this Thursday, March 7, Venezuela has suffered a nationwide blackout. The Minister of Electric Power, Luis Motta Domínguez, denounced that the blackout was caused by sabotage to the central hydroelectric power plant and transmission area, located in El Guri, Bolívar state. Minister of Communication and Information, Jorge Rodriguez, in a statement made yesterday in VTV also denounced that the blackout was the result of "criminal and brutal sabotage against our electricity generation system" aimed at harming the Venezuelan people and generating general chaos and despair. Minister Rodriguez pointed out that US Senator Marco Rubio had announced just last week that Venezuela was just “days away from grave scarcity of food and fuel.” He also noted that Rubio sent out tweets announcing the blackout just minutes after it occurred. President Nicolás Maduro also responded with a Tweet last night denouncing the “announced and directed by US imperialism against our people” and promising that “it will be defeated.”
La guerra eléctrica anunciada y dirigida por el imperialismo estadounidense en contra de nuestro pueblo será derrotada. Nada ni nadie podrá vencer al pueblo de Bolívar y Chávez. ¡Máxima unidad de los patriotas!
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 8, 2019
Electricity has now been restored to the eastern states of Anzoátegui, Monagas y Nueva Esparta and some sectors of Caracas, according to announcements made by Vice-president Delcy Rodriguez yesterday evening, also announcing measures to suspend all school and formal labor activities for Friday, March 8.
Minister Jorge Rodriguez has reassured that the situation is being closely monitored and that the state electricity corporation, COPROELEC is working to restore electricity to the entirety of the national territory.
The writing team of Venezuelanalysis, currently located in Venezuela, has reported that they are currently unable to send on the ground reports until electricity is restored and encourages readers to stay tuned to our twitter: @venanalysis and facebook: Venezuelanalysis.com accounts for updates.