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Venezuela Arrests Five for ‘Sabotage’ After Nationwide Blackouts

  • March 7 power cut left country in the dark for nearly a week
  • Half of substations attacked since 2017, spokesman claims
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Power Outages Paralyze Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have arrested five people and are seeking to extradite three more for “electric sabotage” that they blame for rolling blackouts over the past month.

The government has identified 19 saboteurs responsible for power cuts beginning March 7, when much of the nation was plunged into darkness for nearly a week, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a televised address Tuesday. Experts have said the outages are caused by neglected maintenance, and Rodriguez provided no proof for his assertions that they were intentional.