More blackouts hit Venezuela as opposition, government rally


The western regions of Barinas, Tachira and Zulia remained without electricity while in other states the supply was proving unstable.

Thousands of commuters flooded into the streets because subway service was stopped. "We are anti-imperialist!"

Netblocks, a non-government group based in Europe that monitors internet censorship, said Saturday that the second outage had knocked out nearly all of Venezuela's telecommunications infrastructure.

"They always say that", Ramos said.

"I didn't stop receiving patients".

"You have to pay in dollars and it's so expensive for us", Gutierrez said. "Everything is dark. Only some areas with generators are working". "The little food we have is going bad".

"Let all Venezuela come to Caracas, because we need everyone united".

But UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that sanctions have worsened Venezuela's economic and political crisis.

Much of the nation of 31 million people was still without electricity as the blackout stretched into a second day and patience began to wear thin. "I lost hope before, but now I believe change is possible", Rosa Soriano, an opposition demonstrator, told Al Jazeera.

"The entire floor of the house is full of candle wax. There was a run on gas and food and water and a growing sense that the Venezuelan government is unable to restore power to its citizens", he said.

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"All the options are on the table", added the National Assembly president, using a phrase employed by US President Donald Trump, who has consistently refused to rule out a military intervention in Venezuela. Many showed up wearing red caps and shirts in support of the self-proclaimed "socialist revolution" of leader Hugo Chavez, who died six years ago and was succeeded by his protege, Maduro.

Lidia Calderon, 37, joined the rally saying she relies on Maduro to fix the powernet.

"Every day is worse", said Edward Cazano, a 20-year-old who lives with his mother and three brothers in a poor Caracas neighborhood called Pinto Salinas.

At the same time, another rally is taking place in Venezuela's capital, which is being led by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The two resolutions make it clear that Washington wants to oust Maduro from power so it can help install a US-friendly government in the country, especially because it sees Maduro as being anti-US and pro-Russia; while Moscow is opposed to any outside interference in Venezuela's internal affairs. "We're continuing the battle and victory over the permanent and brutal aggression against our people", Maduro wrote on Twitter.

The National Guard rounded up more than 40 people at the scene, tied their hands behind their backs and ordered them to lie face down on a road that authorities had blocked during the confrontation, a Reuters witness said. A clown and a puppet is what that man is [Guaido].

The state power company Corpoelec said there had been sabotage at the Guri hydroelectric plant in Bolivar state, one of the largest in Latin America.

Tonight the "Baghdad Bob" of #Caracas @jorgerpsuv revealed I caused the nationwide & ongoing electric power outage in #Venezuela.

Power was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as well as parts of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country's global airport and main port.

Critics blame the government for failing to invest in maintaining the electrical grid, although authorities often points the finger at external factors when the lights go out.