Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Venezuela still in dark, Guaido wants 'state of alarm' declared

Venezuela still in dark, Guaido wants 'state of alarm' declared

Power has returned to some parts of Venezuela after several days of the country's worst blackouts, but many areas remain without electricity and communications. The overheating, say engineers, was likely caused by a forest fire.

Oil industry sources said that exports from the primary port of Jose had been halted for lack of power, cutting off Venezuela's primary source of revenue. This, in turn, engulfed the country in darkness. Power was restored to most of Caracas, the capital, and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo by Saturday morning, but there was a second power outage soon after. Venezuela captured multiple headlines over the past couple of months, with issues ranging from the introduction of Petro and the skyrocketing inflation rate to the internal political crisis between incumbent President Nicolas Maduro and the current interim President Juan Guaido.

People line up as other charge their phones with a solar panel at a public square in Caracas, Venezuela March 10, 2019.

Guaido is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela's acting president, which have backed his calls for new polls, but the military high command has so far stood by Maduro despite a plummeting economy and deep discontent. Some local media reported a humanitarian corridor was being opened for students and patients who are critically ill. The fall of more than 100,000 transactions caught the eye of analysts because of Venezuela's heavy usage of cryptocurrencies, a usage rate comparable with Europe and the United States.

Ms Wasserman Shultz said in a statement on Sunday that President Maduro is starving his people. "This work is required for Venezuelans to regain their dignity, their civil liberties and respect for their human rights following years of repression and denial".

Ms Shalala said that while at the border in Colombia she heard heartbreaking stories about Venezuelans dying of starvation and treatable diseases.

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USA national-security adviser John Bolton on Monday tweeted that Mr.

"All the options are on the table", he said, borrowing a phrase from US President Donald Trump.

"We say you should not be helping this regime, you should be on the side of the Venezuelan people", Abrams told Reuter, adding that the White House had given the same message to other governments.

Despite pressure from frequent opposition marches and United States sanctions on the country's vital oil sector, Maduro is not open to negotiations on ending the political impasse and seems intent on trying to stay put, said Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration's envoy for Venezuela.

Hospitals have since reported awful problems, and those with generators were using them only in emergencies, while flights were canceled, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded at airports.

"There are countless conversations going on between members of the National Assembly and members of the military in Venezuela, talking about what might come, how they might move to support the opposition", Bolton said in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

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