Political, social, and economic tensions continue to grow in every Venezuelan city and town. On Monday, the country’s main hydroelectric dam suffered another power outage.
The blackout left almost 91 percent of Venezuela without an Internet connection.
As ironic as it is, Nicolas Maduro’s regime decided to put out a late-night television broadcast claiming the power outage was a “result of a brutal attack.”
We want to ask the people of Venezuela to assist us in this recovery process by continuing to show the tranquility and strength we have demonstrated in recent days because we will manage to defeat this electricity war against the people of Venezuela,” Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez said. “We are working with great determination.
The power outages directly hit as many as 16 of Venezuela’s 23 states. Venezuelan authorities also tried to say this attack was similar to another computerized electric grid system cyber-attack that occurred on March 7.
The extent of the blackout in a graph chart can be seen on Netblocks, an organization that tracks and analyzes Internet disruptions across the globe. A constant lack of information and accountability from Maduro’s regime has resulted in relying on information from sources like Netblocks.
Urgent: New disruption identified in #Venezuela 40 hours after onset of national power outage; 91% of country now offline reversing partial recovery; incident ongoing #SinLuz #Apagon #27Mar ??https://t.co/7nhWVW9v7a pic.twitter.com/xA8ZRdmagc
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) March 27, 2019
Maduro’s pro-regime rhetoric is still echoed throughout the country. The Guardian reported on a recent pro-Maduro rally where Chavista activist adamantly argued the power outages were caused directly by the opposition and the White House in order to seize power.
When this week’s blackout occurred, opposition leader Juan Guaido did not hold back from criticizing the regime.
En medio de la angustia de la oscuridad, cuando nuestra gente necesita certeza en medio de la angustia de otro apagón, ¿cómo pretenden seguir repitiendo las excusas de la "guerra eléctrica" y el sabotaje?
Son mentirosos y corruptos
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) March 26, 2019
Schools and businesses have been instructed to stay home again. Each day businesses, hospitals, and schools go without electricity, food, and proper resources causes numerous problems and damage.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.