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Maduro denounces new attack on Venezuela's electricity system

Staff Writer | March 10, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that his country was subjected to yet another cybernetic attack on the national electrical system, which impeded the progress achieved in restoring power.
Nicolas Maduro
LatAm   President Nicolas Maduro
After Thursday's blackout, the government had restored power supply in 70 percent of the country as of Saturday noon, but the fresh attack on one of Venezuela's energy facilities "knocked out all that had been achieved by noon," Maduro said during a rally marking the Bolivarian Day of Anti-imperialism.

High-tech and electromagnetic attacks on transmission lines were detected, said Maduro. He accused the opposition of the attacks.

The government has detected personnel who have infiltrated the state's electrical company and conducted the attacks from inside, the president added.

A fire at an electric station was also detected in southern Venezuela.

Maduro called on people to join a "new active resistance phase" and to remain calm.

Since Thursday afternoon, large parts of Venezuela have been left without power due to what the authorities called a sabotage of the country's central hydroelectric plant at the Guri Dam in southeastern Venezuela, which supplies up to 65 percent of the country's hydroelectric energy, according to 2015 government data.

Venezuela was suffering from "technical and cybernetic sabotage" at the nation's central hydroelectric plant, which affected nearly the whole country, said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez late Thursday.

Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido on Saturday called upon people across the country to stage a protest against Maduro.