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Electrical System Mostly Restored In Venezuela. But Infrastructure “Accidents” Continue


Electrical System Mostly Restored In Venezuela. But Infrastructure "Accidents" Continue

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After nearly a week without electricity, almost 100% power was returned in Venezuela, according to Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez.

Venezuela would resume work activities on March 14th, however all of the problems haven’t been solved.

“Problems remain with transformers that have been sabotaged, as in Baruta and El Hatillo on Sunday; the service has been restored in 60 percent of those areas,” Rodriguez explained, adding that school activities are suspended for another 24 hours (until March 15th).

The restoration of drinking water has also been restored up to 80%, with Caracas sitting at 70% as of the late hours of March 13th. In areas that water service hasn’t yet been restored there are water tankers delivering fresh and clean water to those in need.

TeleSUR TV posted an English-language video overviewing the situation:

Despite this success of the Maduro government, accidents on Venezuelan infrastructure continue in the country.

In the late hours of March 13th, oil storage tanks exploded at the Petro San Felix, a heavy-crude upgrading project in eastern Venezuela. The country’s main oil terminal resumed shipments after a prolonged blackout.

The tanks at the Petro San Felix project were holding diluent, which is mixed with extra-heavy Orinoco belt heavy crude to make it lighter, legislator Jose Brito told Reuters.

“Fortunately there were no injuries,” Brito said.

Venezuelan State Oil Company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo accused Marco Rubio of “ordering more violence in Venezuela,” on his personal Twitter.

“On #13Mar @MarcoRubio ordered more violence in Venezuela. The right and his puppet @jguaido Arreciaron the terrorist incursions against PDVSA. They attacked the storage tanks of Petro San Félix to affect the oil production. Traitors!!!”

“On #13Mar the US also decided to strip Venezuela of its oil resources in exchange for backing up @jguaido with violence. The Gringos do not want economic exchange; They ordered the takeover of the oilfields. For Venezuelans, they feel contempt!!!”

“The U.S. wants Venezuelan blood to spill, Latinos!!! For them we are nothing, inferior people who must be kept away with walls. Where will the United States get the resources for the attacks on Venezuela? And the wall? So much goodness Mr Trump is not philanthropist.”

“He’s in charge of the assault on Venezuela. Justice will take charge of so much hatred demonstrated towards the people. The right is pure fascism, the bourgeoisie who despises our people and surrenders to the United States… People’s judgment awaits!!!”

In addition to the alleged attacks on infrastructure, there are also other attempts to destabilize the internal situation in the country.

Images surfaced of masked men robbing a Venezuelan bank, throwing the money on the streets and then burning them. The paper of the burnt money is not expensive, but it is a symbolic gesture of burning money in a country which the Washington establishment and the US claim is quite poor, and its people are beginning to simply get food and water.

Electrical System Mostly Restored In Venezuela. But Infrastructure "Accidents" Continue

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The robberies and looting also relates to Venezuelan Attorney General Tareck William Saab’s announcement that Venezuela’s Public Ministry started an investigation in US-Proclaimed President Juan Guaido, over his alleged participation in the suspected sabotage of the country’s electrical system.

“We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 29, against the citizen Juan Guaidó for his alleged participation in the attack on the electric system.” informed the country’s attorney.

William Saab said that these accusations add to those related to Guaido’s calls for criminal acts related to the “promotion of violence and even instigation of looting, there are messages inciting looting, robbery, with the excuse of economic needs of the population.”

“Electrical sabotage is not a casual occurrence, it is part of an increasingly desperate escalation to overthrow a legitimately constituted government,” the Venezuelan state official added during his speech.

Along the borders, the situation also remains tense, the border block between Venezuela and Colombia is on-going and the US humanitarian aid sits idly in Cucuta on the Colombian side.

Following the standoffs on February 23rd, people could be seen selling things on the streets at the border.

Along the border with Brazil, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is militarizing his country’s border in response to the Venezuelan crisis.

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense is reportedly negotiating with the Venezuelan army to prevent further violence over humanitarian aid delivery and remove some heavy artillery from both sides of the border. Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão, a four-star general, says Brazil rejects taking any “extreme measures” in Venezuela.

Currently, there is no clear direction in which the wind is blowing in Venezuela, whether towards the Maduro government or Guaido’s US-backed opposition. The restoration of the electrical and water systems is a significant win for Maduro, while pressure from the US and allies continues.

It is also a strong blow on any possible military intervention that Brazil and Colombia are against such actions, the EU also has continuously expressed its support of a peaceful resolution to the crisis. It also helps that the Maduro government’s ministers have a much stronger voice than Syria’s Bashar al-Assad had when the US-led bloc came to ‘resuce democracy’.




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