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🇻🇪 Venezuela Meltdown Update (23)

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With the electricity grid out of action, the country is experiencing a fully blown collapse of vital life support functions and services for the population – much like that in countless dystopian movies from Hollywood. Parliament declares state of emergency at the request of Pres Guaido. The regime continues its posturing and blameshifting. US pulls out diplomatic staff and sanctions a Russian bank supporting the regime. SECSTATE very properly points the finger at Russia and Cuba for propping up the regime.

Warning for the faint of heart – many of these reports are very disturbing.

Maduro says 2 perpetrators of power grid ‘sabotage’ captured — RT World News

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said two would-be saboteurs have been caught “in flagrante delicto” trying to take down the communications system of the Guri hydroelectric dam. Investigation into who sent them is underway.

TASS: World – Venezuelan parliament declares state of emergency over power outage

Venezuela’s National Assembly said that «the state of emergency is declared in all parts of the country because of the catastrophic situation that resulted from interruptions in power supply»

Secretary Pompeo on Twitter: “The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.”

Pompeo Accuses Cuba and Russia of Propping Up Venezuelan Ruler – The New York Times

The United States is casting Cuba and Russia as enablers to President Nicolás Maduro, and penalized a Moscow bank accused of helping his government evade American sanctions.

Pompeo blames Russia, Cuba for Venezuelan crisis

“This story is not complete without acknowledging the central role Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the democratic dreams of the Venezuelan people and their welfare,” Pompeo told reporters. “Moscow, like Havana, continues to provide political cover to the

Pompeo slams Cuba as ‘true imperialist power’ in Venezuela – CNNPolitics

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday took aim at the Maduro regime, Cuba and Russia over the deepening crisis in Venezuela.

U.S. Blames Moscow for Venezuelan Crisis, Sanctions Russian Bank

“Moscow, like Havana, continues to provide political cover to the Maduro regime,” Pompeo said. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela’s political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro. His comments came after the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. “This story is not complete without acknowledging the central role Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the democratic dreams of the Venezuelan people and their welfare,” Pompeo told reporters. “Moscow, like Havana, continues to provide political cover to the Maduro regime, while pressuring countries to disregard the democratic legitimacy of the interim president Guaido,” he added. The Trump administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to ratchet up pressure on Maduro and bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as interim president.

Treasury sanctions Moscow bank boosting Venezuela’s Maduro

President Trump is intensifying pressure on Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro by imposing sanctions on a bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan government-owned enterprises, the Treasury Department announced Monday.

U.S. Sanctions Russian Bank Over Dealings With Venezuela

The United States has has imposed sanctions on a Russian bank over its dealings with Venezuela’s state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the U.S. Treasury Department said.

Venezuela’s Guaidó mulls foreign military intervention for humanitarian aid | Fox Business

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó told FOX Business he is ready to authorize foreign military operations to intervene in the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Guaidó pleads for foreign help to solve Venezuela power crisis | World | The Times

The rival president of Venezuela has called for mass demonstrations today to protest against widespread power blackouts that have led to the deaths of at least 17 people.Several premature babies who were in hospitals unable to power incubators are known to be among those who have died since the powe

Juan Guaido takes the Examiner’s advice. Time for Trump to support his Cuban embargo

Is Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido reading the Washington Examiner?

🇻🇪 Venezuela crisis: Guaido wants national emergency declared | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Mar 12, 2019 The United States has announced it will withdraw its remaining diplomats from Venezuela. The move comes as the opposition-dominated National Assembly described widespread power outages as a national emergency. Schools have been suspended and businesses shut for a second day. The outages have led to water and fuel shortages and have also caused the deaths of dozens of patients who were unable to receive treatment at various hospitals. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Caracas.

Venezuela congress declares ‘state of alarm’ as US pulls remaining staff

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday called for a new mass protest as a devastating blackout that has left millions without power entered its fifth day and the US said it is withdrawing its remaining diplomatic personnel from Caracas.

Guaidó: Maduro Regime ‘Murdered’ Blackout Victims

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said Sunday that the 17 people who reportedly died as a result of the country’s electricity blackout were “murdered” by President Nicolás Maduro’s regime.”I can’t call it anything else, due to lack of electricity,” Guaidó told CNN

U.S. Orders Withdrawal Of Diplomatic Personnel In Venezuela

The U.S. moves turned up the pressure on both Caracas and Moscow, which is one of the biggest financial backers for Venezuela’s embattled leader, Nicolas Maduro.

U.S. to Withdraw Remaining Embassy Staff, Families From Venezuela – WSJ

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would withdraw all remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela due to the “deteriorating situation” there after several days of power outages sent the country deeper into chaos.

Pompeo withdrawing all personnel from US Embassy in Venezuela

All personnel at the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas will be withdrawn this week, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

U.S. pulling out remaining diplomats from Venezuela amid deteriorating conditions – The Washington Post

Pompeo said the presence of diplomats is a “constraint” on U.S. policy.

U.S. to withdraw personnel from embassy in Venezuela amid turmoil

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to withdraw U.S. personnel from the embassy in Venezuela amid growing chaos in the nation.

Doctors using flashlights for surgery in Venezuela as blackout continues – CBS News

Dr. Luis Fernandez told CBS News one patient lost her baby and he's now worried about others

Desperation spreads in Venezuela after days without power | PBS NewsHour

In Venezuela, years of hardship for millions of people got abruptly worse after the power grid collapsed, intensifying the country’s long-running misery.

Venezuela crisis latest: Blackout sparks looting amid Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido row | World | News |

FURIOUS locals have reportedly taken to looting shops as the nationwide blackout in Venezuela entered its 100th hour on Monday.

Venezuelan Power Blackout Continues as Humanitarian Crisis Rages On

Blackouts and power shortages in Venezuela have now entered their fourth day, and the economic and humanitarian crisis continues to deepen.

Venezuela Power Outages Continue, Situation Grows Desperate : NPR

The country has been hobbled by a blackout since Thursday. People wait in long lines for gas and water, and increasingly are having difficulty communicating by phone or Internet.

Doctors pray for sick as blackout batters Venezuelan hospitals

Venezuela’s hospitals, already struggling with shortages of supplies and equipment amid an economic meltdown, entered crisis mode on Thursday when the South American nation’s power system went down. Public hospitals typically have generators to provide back-up electricity in the event of an

Mum carries 22lb body of daughter to morgue amid Venezuela power cut | Metro News

The girl, 19, died in her mum’s arms after doctors were forced to turn her away due to a nationwide power cut in Venezuela.

Do not give economic lifeline for Maduro regime in Venezuela: Pompeo to Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale |

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed hope that India will supports its efforts in Venezuela by not purchasing oil from the “authoritarian” Maduro regime. The issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it.

Venezuelan blackout hits oil exports, residents scramble for food | Reuters

Much of Venezuela, including parts of the capital Caracas, remained without power on Monday for a fifth day, crimping vital oil exports and leaving people struggling to obtain water and food.

Power station blast adds to sense of chaos in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An explosion rocked a power station in the Venezuelan capital early Monday, witnesses said, adding to the crisis created by days of nationwide power cuts. Flames…

These Pictures Show Just How Severe Venezuela’s Massive Blackouts Are

As many as 17 people have died in massive power blackouts across Venezuela, which have left hospitals without power and led to shortages in gas, food, and water.

Explosion at Venezuela power station adds to tensions amid days-long blackout | CBC News

Witnesses say an explosion occurred at a power station in the Venezuelan capital as days of nationwide power cuts imposed increasing hardship on the country.