Most of Venezuela is still gripped by
darkness and as the government scrambles to restore power, people are demanding
to know the true cause of this crippling blackout.
Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone
Project flexed his conspiracy muscles and shared the idea that Uncle Sam has
been behind the power crisis which has entered its 6th day:
“The US-funded CANVAS organization
that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting
electricity outages and urged the opposition “to take advantage of the
situation…towards their needs”
The memo written by Srdja Popovic of
the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), also
stressed, that the collapse of the country’s electrical sector could become “a
watershed event” that “would likely have the impact of galvanizing public
unrest in a way that no opposition group could ever hope to generate”.
Popovic explicitly identified the
Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant as a strategic key point. He warned of the
“grave possibility that some 70 percent of the country’s electricity grid could
go dark as soon as April 2010″.
Popovic urged the opposition to take
advantage of the crisis.
The Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant
experienced a major collapse last 7 March 2019 with the cause still to be
On the same day, opposition took
advantage of the situation and pointed to President Nicolas Maduro as the root
cause. Events that unfolded are
strikingly similar to Popovic’s memo.
Maduro’s government accused
Washington of launching a cyber-attack on its electrical infrastructure. The
embattled President said that the power blackout was an act of sabotage by the
US in their attempt to remove him from his seat.
Maduro believes that the US is the
only country with the technology to cause a blackout in Venezuela.
Kalev Leetaru of Forbes does not
discount the possibility of U.S intrusion into Venezuelan politics:
“The United States
remotely interfering with [Venezuela’s] power grid is actually quite
realistic…timing such an outage to occur at a moment of societal upheaval in a
way that delegitimizes the current government, exactly as a
government-in-waiting has presented itself as a ready alternative, is actually
one of the tactics”.