Looters take to Venezuela’s streets as blackout enters its FIFTH day killing 15 kidney patients as under-pressure president Maduro claims the power cut was caused by an ‘imperialist’ electromagnetic attack from the US

Monday, March 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

Venezuelans started looting supermarkets in Caracas on Sunday, as power outages reached their fourth day
Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a nation-wide march on the capital to pressurise regime
The country will enter fifth day of power outages after blackouts crippled infrastructure, shops and hospitals
At least 15 patients with kidney disease died after dialysis machines stopped working during power outage
President Nicolas Maduro has blamed the blackout on sabotage and cyber attacks from within Venezuela

11 March 2019

Some Venezuelans have taken to looting supermarkets in Caracas during the fourth day of blackouts, which have paralysed the country.

Pictures reveal that some supermarkets in the capital have been left ransacked by desperate residents as they struggle to find food.

Security forces detained a number of people who were caught looting on Sunday, with some pictures showing looters being piled onto waiting trucks.

Armed men were seen forcefully escorting young men and women to the trucks.

The country will enter its fifth consecutive day of power outages on Monday, which have also forced people to rummage through bins for food, queue to charge electronic devices using a solar panel and buy bread with 100-dollar bills after the country was hit by a fourth day of blackouts.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a nation-wide march on Caracas to crank up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro, as the country endured its third night largely without power.

The massive blackout, crippling the oil-rich but economically troubled South American nation, has fuelled the political standoff between Guaido, who is recognised as Venezuela’s leader by more than 50 countries, and Maduro, who is clinging to power.

No national data was available about the impact of the power outage, but an NGO said at least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease died after they stopped receiving dialysis treatments in darkened hospitals.

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