Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro blames an ongoing, five-day, nearly nationwide blackout on American cyberattacks amid heightened political violence.
Maduro made the remarks on Twitter over the weekend saying the government is doing everything it can to make sure electricity is restored to all Venezuelans.
Experts refute Maduro’s claim suggesting the lack of electricity in a majority of the nation is due to underinvestment.
The U.S. also fired back at the allegations citing Maduro’s “incompetence” as the source of the massive outage.
Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president, also weighed in on the claims calling them “absurd” and saying the main power plant in the nation is not connected to a network at all.
He went on to say the outage is due to government corruption and complete lack of regard for Venezuelans overall.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido said at least 17 people were killed by pro-Maduro forces amid power outages over the weekend.
Guaido went on to say only six states had partial access to electricity and 16 additional states had no power at all.
Hoy, cuando el imperio de los EE.UU., en su desespero por echarle mano a nuestros recursos naturales, intensifica sus brutales agresiones contra la Patria, nos plantamos con firmeza para defender nuestra tierra y gritar con fuerza: ¡Yankee Go Home! ¡Somos Antiimperialistas! pic.twitter.com/eGeU3qHZqB
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 9, 2019
Guaido has been recognized as Venezuela’s leader by over 50 countries around the world as Maduro continues to cling to the presidency.
Hospitals, transport systems and other businesses have been significantly affected by the massive outage.
Around 70% of the nation first experienced some form of the outage late last week.