Last night a power outage hit Venezuela, causing chaos and increased anger at Nicolas Maduro, titular “president” of the country. Maduro blamed the United States on the outage, saying that it was a form of “electrical war.” His government also blamed “right-wing extremists” on the outage.
There is no proof that the outage was caused by anything other than mismanagement of the power system in the country under the Maduro regime. The Associated Press reported:
Venezuela’s electrical system was once the envy of Latin America but it has fallen into a state of disrepair after years of poor maintenance and mismanagement. High-ranking officials have been accused in U.S. court proceedings of looting government money earmarked for the electrical system.
The outage fueled further discontent with Maduro by Venezuelans, on top of his refusal to allow food aid into the country, and his generally criminal and incompetent leadership.
Juan Guaidó, leader of the opposition and US-recognized president of Venezuela, seized on the power outage as another example of Maduro’s illegitimacy.