Caracas: Venezuela’s government suspended work and classes on Friday due to a massive electricity blackout lasted for almost 16 hours and is affecting the majority of the country, the vice president said. President Nicolas Maduro — who has denounced the blackout as an act of “sabotage” made the decision “to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro decried the “electric war directed by US imperialism” against Venezuela, as a blackout hit 22 out of 23 states here on Thursday. The blackout led to chaos as subway, telephone and internet services were wiped out. Non-operational traffic lights led to major traffic jams, as the electricity went out while workers were leaving their offices in the evening.