On March 27th, power in Venezuela returned after an almost two-day blackout, for the second time in just March.
#FromTheSouth | #NewsBits | Normal services have resumed in #Venezuela following another power outage caused by sabotage. @LeonelTeleSUR is in Caracas to bring us the latest. pic.twitter.com/wNqLnN9B9y
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 27, 2019
On the previous day, Venezuela’s Attorney General, Tarek William Saab announced that a criminal investigation was initiated into the new sabotage of the country’s electricity system, which left a large portion of the population without service.
Attorney General Saab also initially posted on Twitter that 6 suspects were arrested in connection to alleged sabotage of the electrical grid:
#26Mar @TarekWiliamSaab: Informamos a la opinión pública nacional que el @MinpublicoVE ha logrado la detención de 6 ciudadanos presuntamente RESPONSABLES DEL SABOTAJE ELÉCTRICO AL GURI. Para ampliar la información conéctate a nuestra señal #LEV por: https://t.co/q7lyJR9ilM pic.twitter.com/LCZcEqFbDB
— TVVenezuela Noticias (@TVVnoticias) March 26, 2019
The suspects’ names were: Cesar Valencillo, Judith Lara, Venetza Leonett, José Herrera, Melvin Romero y Julio Ruiz.
The tweet has since been deleted by Saab and changed to the following one:
#AHORA informamos a la opinión pública nacional q el @MinpublicoVE INICIO UNA INVESTIGACIÓN PENAL RELACIONADA AL NUEVO SABOTAJE ELECTRICO EN EL GURI … en tal hemos designado un Fiscal con competencia nacional y 2 fiscales del Edo Bolivar para esclarecer estos criminales hechos pic.twitter.com/ZTbp2ftVHN
— Tarek William Saab (@TarekWiliamSaab) March 26, 2019
“We inform public opinion of the beginning a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION by the Public Ministry related TO THE NEW electric SABOTAGE IN the GURI… In this we have appointed a Prosecutor with national competence and 2 prosecutors from Edo Bolivar to clarify these criminals facts”
Venezuela's electricity system was attacked again twice on the same day.
Posted by teleSUR English on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
A prosecutor with national jurisdiction and two prosecutors from the state of Bolívar in southern Venezuela were appointed. The Guri dam is located in the region, and it was the one whose computer system came under attack.
The previous blackout that began on March 7th was also caused by an alleged attack at the Guri dam, and the infrastructure was supposedly protected by the Venezuelan military.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro released an official statement, condemning the alleged attack on the infrastructure and vowing that the Venezuelan people will not bow down to the US.
Cada ataque contra la tranquilidad y la estabilidad de la Patria, se encontrará con la respuesta contundente de un pueblo movilizado, en unión Cívico-Militar, que jamás se rendirá ante ningún imperio. pic.twitter.com/JWyPIbvT2s
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 26, 2019
“Every attack against the tranquility and stability of the Fatherland will be met by the forceful response of a mobilized people, in a Civic-Military union, who will never surrender to any empire.”
He also tweeted that “the enemies of our Homeland do not cease in their attempts to destabilise the Country. I assure you that in every action of hatred against our Homeland, you will find an increasingly united, conscious and mobilised people. We will defeat them!”
Work and school were suspended for 24 more hours on March 26th, according to Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez while work is being done to restore power “in record time.”
Pero aquí hay un pueblo, un presidente pueblo, una dignidad multiplicada. En tiempo récord se está recuperando el servicio eléctrico, ya está llegando la luz a La Capital, toda la noche los bomberos combatieron el fuego hasta sofocarlo x completo a las 8:45 am de hoy martes pic.twitter.com/rDzZBe0ZQH
— Jorge Rodríguez (@jorgerpsuv) March 26, 2019
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez blamed the blackout on two terrorist attacs.
Seguimos trabajando en la restitución d servicio eléctrico bajo la dirección del Pdte @NicolasMaduro quien valorando el alcance dlos daños ocasionados x este ataque terrorista y para facilitar los trabajos ha prorrogado la suspensión d actividades escolares y laborales este 27/03 pic.twitter.com/XYe5BHTJqs
— Delcy Rodríguez (@DrodriguezVen) March 26, 2019
“We Continue working on the Restitution of Electric service under the direction of the President @NicolasMaduro who valuing the scope God damage caused by this terrorist attack and to facilitate the work has extended the suspension of school and work activities throughout 27/03”
“We reached, as of 7:00 pm, the highest electricity generation levels at the national electric system since the terrorist attack of March 7. The electricity distribution was behaving in a robust and harmonious manner until 9:47 p.m., when criminal hands provoked a big fire in the Guri transmission facility”, Rodriguez said and explained that such act affected both three electrical transformers and all the essential transmission wiring.
In all the history of the Venezuelan electric system, Rodriguez commented, “there has not been such a big attack,” which demonstrates that “these terrorists, whose actions have no limits, are protected by warmongers that make up the military, financial and media framework of those supremacists who are currently ruling the U.S. and seeking the hegemonic control of the global geopolitical realm.”
Meanwhile, US-Proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido was linked to a plot to “rob Venezuela of $1 billion,” according to teleSUR.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 26, 2019
In addition to that, Guaido called on citizens to put maximum pressure on the Venezuelan authorities and force the government to resign.
He also tried to allege that the Maduro government doesn’t trust the Venezuelan military and that is why a Russian military delegation arrived.
No confían en la Fuerza Armada, porque saben que el 80% está con el cambio en Venezuela.
No trajeron plantas eléctricas ni técnicos en esos aviones, ni técnicos para atender el problema, ni mucho menos ayuda humanitaria. Trajeron militares rusos.#MaduroEsApagónRojo pic.twitter.com/2QZFkr5gkA
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) March 26, 2019
“They Don’t trust the Armed Force, because they know that 80% is with change in Venezuela. They Did Not bring power plants or technicians in those planes, nor technicians to deal with the problem, much less humanitarian aid. They Brought in Russian military.”
A video was also posted on social media by VPItv showing Guaido’s car come under attack.
#AHORA Momento en el que el presidente encargado de la República, @jguaido sale de la Asamblea Nacional, el vehículo en el que se traslada fue atacado con golpes y objetos contundentes por grupos paramilitares armados #26Mar pic.twitter.com/zYVSQvVE4U
— VPItv (@VPITV) March 26, 2019
“When the President-in-Charge of The Republic @jguaido Leaves The National Assembly, the vehicle in which he is moving was attacked with blows and blunt objects by an armed paramilitary group”
According to this version, the people kicking the car and throwing objects at it were likened to “an armed paramilitary group,” employed by Maduro.
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