The inhabitants of Zulia State have denounced the continuous and prolonged power cuts in the entity between three to five times a day.
“The light goes out three times a day, it comes to us in the early morning. We have to sleep in the front of the house, with many sheets, when the light comes, we lock ourselves in. We are living in desperation, our food gets spoiled, there is no cold water. Every day the light, the children suffering from heat,” denounced one citizen.
In the last week of September, the marabinos (from Maracaibo) have been exposed to six hour power cuts, an action they describe as inhumane.
“It is not possible that the governor says on Monday that the cut will be three hours long and it is ten or twelve hours a day, that is an insult, they humiliate us again and again. Suspending service at dawn is an attack on human rights, but they don’t care about that. The terminally ill don’t matter to this government because they can no longer produce, nor contribute,” said Juana Atencio.
The parishes Cecilio Acosta and Manuel Dagnino in Maracaibo are one of the most affected, who must spend up to twelve continuous hours without electricity, without explanation or attention.
A week of quarantine flexibilization is taking place in the region without fuel and with Dantesque power cuts that prevent daily activities from taking place. That is why the inhabitants have taken to the streets in protest against the shortage of public services.
Collapse of the electrical system in Nueva Esparta
The members of the Electrical Energy Commission of the College of Engineers of Nueva Esparta State recommended declaring an emergency in the electrical system of Nueva Esparta State, by virtue of the accelerated deterioration they observe in it, due to the lack of investment in the last 20 years.
Its president, Eustacio Aguilera, indicated that although they have made some investments, they have not been successful and consequently these resources have been wasted because they have not attended to the experts’ recommendations.
He also said that resources destined to create new sources of generation have been lost, such as the wind farm project in the Macanao peninsula, which was never executed even though more than one hundred million dollars were invested.
The specialists confirm that the collapse of the electrical system on the islands of Margarita and Coche is imminent in the midst of the accelerated growth of demand. They assure that the lack of maintenance is evident even in the external distribution network of the electrical supply.
Venezuela raises its voice
The President (E) of the Republic, Juan Guaidó, supported the multiple protests that have taken place in the country against the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is experiencing which is the fault of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
The President explained that in view of the damages caused by the dictatorship, it is a citizen’s duty to protest, “keeping the prevention measures to take care of the pandemic”.
Guaidó recalled that this Monday there were protests in 12 states due to the shortage of gasoline, the lack of public services and in demand of a better quality of life.