Lights Off Again in Venezuela, Saturday Night Blackout

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HAVANA TIMES – Venezuela was hit by a fresh power outage on Saturday evening which plunged much of the country into darkness, reported dpa news.

There was no electricity in most federal states, the opposition newspaper El Nacional reported, confirmed by the government of Nicolás Maduro.

People took to the streets of the capital Caracas, banging pots and pans in a noisy protest.

It was the fourth major power outage in Venezuela this month, the worst of which left most of the country in the dark for more than 100 hours.

The Caracas government, which said the attacks took place at 7:11 p.m., has attributed any and all blackouts to sabotage by the United States.

The opposition cites a lack of investment in the national grid, poor upkeep and a failure to tackle repairs as factors behind the power outages.