CARACAS, Venezuela – The latest on Venezuela's crisis (all times local):
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a 30-day plan to ration electricity as nationwide power cuts continue to inflict misery on millions of people.
Maduro said Sunday on national television that the plan will help deal with the outages that have also cut off water supply and communications for days at a time.
Maduro is also warning against any unguarded in reaction to the blackouts, although there were already scattered protests earlier on Sunday against opposition leader Juan Guaido to demonstrate against the government's failure to provide basic services.
Guaido says years of government neglect and corruption has left the electrical grid in shambles after years of mismanagement. Maduro allegedly the US-led sabotage is the cause of the power cuts, although he has not provided clear evidence.
Another day, another blackout.
Power went out across Venezuela on Sunday, just as it did on Saturday, and the day before that.
But while some electricity had returned by Sunday afternoon, Venezuelans were so much celebrating the lights coming on as the next outages would flick them off.
"No one can put up with this. We spend almost all day without electricity," said Karina Camacho, a 56-year-old housewife who was about to buy a chicken when electronic payment machines stopped working. "There is no water since (last) Monday, you can't call by phone, we can't pay with cards or even something."
As the latest blackout unfolded, many took to balconies and building windows to bang pots In response to a call by opposition leader Juan Guaido to demonstrate against the government, blocking roads and burning rubbish until "colectivos," or frequently in a protest and shout curses at President Nicolas Maduro. Armed with government supporters, appeared to arrive on motorbikes. Some of the protests occurred near the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, a direct challenge to Maduro.
The ongoing blackouts now mark another point of tension in a country paralyzed by political and economic turmoil, compounding a humanitarian crisis and deepening a prolonged standoff between two political parties vying for power.