On Thursday afternoon, Most of Venezuela has been hit by a constant electricity blackout.
The blackout affected the capital Caracas into almost complete darkness during rush hour and has extended to the vast majority of Venezuela.
The President Nicolás Maduro’s government has blamed the opposition, accusing them of sabotage.
It comes along with heightened tensions over opposition efforts, backed by the US, to remove Mr Maduro from power.
Mr Maduro accuses opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó of trying to mount a coup with the help of “US imperialists”.
Mr Guaidó – who is backed by the US, most European and some Latin American countries – said the blackout was a matter of “chaos, concern and indignation” and “evidence of the usurper’s inefficiency”. He said, “Light would return” once Mr Maduro was removed from power”
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State also weighed in, blaming the “Maduro regime’s incompetence”. He tweeted, “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro”.
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