"I have no doubt that today's electricity sabotage is part of the right-wing's plan."
At the rate Maduro is going, Venezuela will be North Korea in a matter of years. Despite its oil reserves. Now it's time for Maduro to go Full Stalin and begin rounding up electrical fascist saboteurs to protect Socialist electricity for the Bolivarian revolution.
Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes.
Monday's outage appeared similar to a massive September 5 blackout that was one of the worst in the South American OPEC member's history
Maduro was giving a live address on state TV when he was abruptly cut off.
Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver who narrowly won a presidential election this year after the death of his mentor and former leader Hugo Chavez, accused the opposition then of deliberately sabotaging the power grid to discredit him.
His powerful ally and National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello, repeated the same accusation after Monday's blackout that affected more than half of Venezuela.
"I have no doubt that today's electricity sabotage is part of the right-wing's plan," Cabello said on Twitter.
“Be strong against this electrical war that yesterday’s fascists have declared against our people,” Maduro said in another address to the nation.
Sure. Sabotage. It can't be the whole lack of money and lack of competence issue. It's the reactionary forces of electrical warfare.
Since winning office in April, Maduro has accused political opponents of conniving with wealthy businessmen and their allies in the United States to undermine his government.
As well as accusing them of sabotaging the power grid, he has alleged plots to assassinate him and to destroy the economy through price-gouging and the hoarding of products.
Venezuelans are suffering from a 54 percent annual inflation rate, as well as scarcities of basic products from flour to toilet paper.
There's only one answer. Maduro has already tried to nationalize paper factories and electronics stores. Now he must nationalize electricity. Not power companies. Electricity itself.
Maduro blamed the three hour outage Monday night on what he said were "conspiracies" ahead of the country's December 8 municipal elections.
Electrical engineer Jose Manuel Aller told AFP that the government's explanation was dubious.
"Just before the blackout there was an oscillation in the network, which generally occurs when transmission limits are exceeded, causing a failure that activates the security systems," he said.
"These sectors of fascism are getting desperate, because they know a defeat is coming," Maduro said in remarks that last four hours, according to the Associated Press.
Maduro confuses electricity, and other forms of reality, with fascism. And reality always wins in the end.