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Venezuela’s second blackout this month drags into 3rd day



Venezuela’s second blackout this month drags into 3rd day


Work and school were canceled for a second day after power went out on Monday in much of the country, less than two weeks after the country’s worst-ever blackout left residents scrambling to find food and drinking water.

“I think this is going to be worse than the first blackout.

“A lot of people want to work but there’s no transportation.

“And if there’s nobody working the country will be paralysed,” Julio Barrios, 60, an accountant, who was looking for open stores to buy food or ice, said.

The ruling Socialist Party accuses the U.S. government of sabotaging its electricity network, though Guaido and opposition critics call it the result of a decade of corruption and mismanagement.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency in January after declaring Maduro a usurper, during the morning was scheduled to announce a new set of plans to end Maduro’s government.

“It is time to end the usurpation,” Guaido wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Maduro’s government has been disavowed by most South American countries and has been hit by crippling sanctions meant to cripple the Socialist Party’s sources of income.

However he has held on thanks to continued loyalty by top military commanders and diplomatic support from Russia and China, who accuse the U.S. of seeking a coup against him.

Power had returned to around half the country’s 24 states on Tuesday however went out again at dawn.