Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. at Lafayette Square near the White House on Saturday to show their support for Venezuela’s embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.
So much so, some even admitted they would trade President Donald Trump for Maduro when asked by The Daily Caller.
It’s no secret that Madruo’s regime is repressive, violent and corrupt. It’s shocking to hear that some Americans seriously support him staying in power. (RELATED: Trump Not Ruling Out Military Intervention in Venezuela)
The group’s website accuses the Trump administration of attempting to “engineer a coup” and “create a war in Venezuela,” despite the fact that most Latin American countries are backing the opposition leader Juan Guaido.
The “Hands Off Venezuela!” protests have been happening in cities across the country, including in New York City and Los Angeles.
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Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter
Looters have all but emptied stores and warehouses across western Venezuela as large parts of the country remain without power more than a week after a mass blackout.
The mobs overwhelmed Venezuela’s security forces and broke into buildings. People stole cars, trucks and equipment. Hundreds of businesses in the Venezuelan oil capital of Maracaibo were emptied and left in shambles. (RELATED: Dems Panicked Trump’s Venezuela Policy Will Be Popular With Their Voters)
VENEZUELA: Reports of looting in some cities as nationwide blackout, now in its 100th hour, continues pic.twitter.com/wLWp3BkSBL
— BNO News (@BNONews) March 12, 2019
Looters broke through the cinder-block walls of a Pepsi plant and took thousands of cases of beer and soda and 160 pallets of food. They destroyed or stole 22 trucks and five forklifts, Bloomberg reported Friday.
“If people made enough to make ends meet, we wouldn’t be trying to get by like this,” Enrique Gonzalez, an 18-year-old bus conductor, told Bloomberg. “This country has gone to hell.”
Police and other emergency officials have stayed away from the carnage and refused to help businesses and property owners protect their property and assets.
“It’s hard to swallow,” Bernardo Morillo, a 60-year-old mall manager, told Bloomberg. “The national guard stood by as this vandalism happened and the firefighters didn’t even show.”
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) March 11, 2019
A mass blackout hit large swaths of the country on March 7. Experts blamed poor Venezuelan infrastructure. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the power outage on a U.S. cyberattack. Maduro’s chief prosecutor Tarek Saab is pressuring the country’s supreme court to investigate opposition leader Juan Guaido for alleged sabotage, BBC reported.
Maduro is under pressure to step down as president as many world leaders have renounced his regime and recognized Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is applying increasing pressure to Maduro through sanctions and has not ruled out using military force to depose the South American leader.
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Nick Sherman | Contributor
China reportedly offered to help Venezuela restore its power Wednesday after the South American nation suffered its worst blackout ever.
China also backed Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and his socialist party’s claim that the power outage was a result of U.S. sabotage, according to Reuters.
The power outage reportedly started last week. While most of the country has regained power, some places have not. This can be a huge problem as some places in Venezuela can reach high temperatures.
China said Wednesday that they would provide technical support to help Maduro’s government regain power. (RELATED: ‘Rapid & Catastrophic Turn:’ Marco Rubio Says Venezuela Is On A Collision Course)
China, as well as Maduro, claimed that the power failure was the result of a U.S.-backed sabotage attempt.
Experts say that the power outage was a result of a technical problem from the Guri Dam in Southern Venezuela, according to the Reuters article.
Marco Rubio chimed in last week, incorrectly said that “German Dam” broke in Venezuela. However, German Dam is the name of a reporter covering the electrical outage caused by a broken power plant, which in turn caused the crisis.
Senator @marcorubio, an important transformer exploded in Bolívar and that, in part, again collapsed the Venezuelan Electric System; however it was not in a dam, much less german.
My name is Germán Dam, I am one of the journalists who published the information.
— Germán Dam (@GEDV86) March 9, 2019
I meant to type “Today another transformer explosion in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout according to German Dam.” It was a thread & I usually go back & add the twitter handle before tweeting. This one I pressed “tweet all” before I checked.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 11, 2019
Schools, hospitals, and factories have been shut down, and flights have been canceled due to the power outage, according to The Wall Street Journal.
While China and Maduro claim that the power outage was the result of U.S. cyber-sabotage, people like Juan Guiado, recognized by many nations to be the rightful interim president, claim that the power outage was the result of corruption and mismanagement by the Maduro government, according to a video by Reuters.
In the video, a Chinese official claimed “there are reports saying that the system affected by the accident was the Venezuelan national power grid, which suffered a hacking attack. This is also what we saw written in relevant reports; China is deeply concerned.” (RELATED: Maduro Blames Historic Blackout In Venezuela On US ‘Electrical War’)
The power outage has hurt many people in Venezuela. Many were already having trouble getting food, but now the food that they have is going bad in their refrigerators due to loss of power.
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