Power outage in Venezuela enters 4th day

Venezuela suffers nationwide blackout

Washington views Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader and has imposed sanctions on the country's oil sector and announced asset freezes and visa bans targeting top government officials.

Since the self-proclamation of opposition MP Juan Guaido as "president in charge" - an act without constitutional protection recognized by the USA government and catalogued by Caracas as a developing coup d'état - appeals to the military's betrayal have been recurrent.

Moscow is owed $3.1 billion in sovereign debt by Venezuela and acted as a lender of last resort for Caracas, with the government and Russian oil giant, Rosneft, handing Venezuela at least $17 billion in loans and credit lines since 2006. Guaido yelled while standing atop a bridge, without saying when the planned protest would be held.

"Every day is worse", said Edward Cazano, a 20-year-old who lives with his mother and three brothers in a poor Caracas neighborhood called Pinto Salinas.

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The opposition-controlled congress called an emergency session to discuss the power cuts, blaming negligence by Maduro's socialist government. One woman was sprayed with pepper spray, according to a local broadcaster. 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.

"The right-wing, together with the empire, has stabbed the electricity system, and we are trying to cure it soon", he said. But certain nations like Russian Federation are supporting Maduro.

Alexis Reynoso said he left his home in the Venezuelan capital Sunday morning to try to buy water and food, but most shops were closed.

Rodriguez went on to deny the opposition's claim that 79 people had died in hospitals as a effect of the outage, but did not offer an official number.

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Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But many fields in western Zulia state depend on the grid.

Some hospitals have cared for their most critically ill patients with the help of generators, but many have had to operate without power since the blackouts started Thursday afternoon, endangering vulnerable patients who rely on oxygen concentrators, dialysis machines and other equipment.

"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 USA 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.

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"You have the right to go into the street, to protest, to demand, because this regime is letting Venezuelans die", he said, appealing to the armed forces "to stop covering for the dictator".

The U.N. doctrine sometimes referred to as R2P was created to prevent mass killings such as those of Rwanda and Bosnia and places the onus on the global community to protect populations from crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Mr Maduro wrote on Twitter. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted the following warning, "No food".

"Article 187 when the time comes", Guaido said.

Now Guaido is urging the Venezuelan military to intervene.

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