A large electric outage that took occured Venezuela this week has been interpreted by the Bolivarian government as another action by the US-sponsored opposition to destabilize the country in the face of upcoming municipal elections.
Because of the long-standing US hostile policy against our country, we Cubans all too well the ways and means used by Washington against any country that does not abide by its imperial rules, like the case of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and others, which have chosen their own destinies.
Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez was the target of attacks by the US-sponsored Venezuelan opposition and now it is President Nicolas Maduro who, determined to keep implementing the legacy of Chavez, is fighting against the destabilizing attempts of the opposition.
There have been recent foodstuff stockpiling and deliberate price hiking, then a nearly-one-hour blackout affecting 10 states—all actions condemned by President Maduro as sabotage of the electric system.
Maduro said the huge blackout was unusual, and that it was most likely an opposition conspiracy to stoke up public discontent against the government before the December 8 national municipal elections.
Asking Venezuelans to remain calm, Electric Energy Minister, Jesse Chacon, explained that the cause of the odd blackout was a detached electrical lcable in one of the power towers that serve the national grid, our news service reported on Tuesday, here on Radio Havana Cuba.
Chacon claimed that the action was visibly intentional, and he noted that that the problem is in the same place, where previous sabotage occurred in September.
In a televised appearance on Tuesday, President Maduro said that the Venezuelan attorney’ office has already been provided with the physical evidence, that will determine the cause of the outage and that an emergency system has been implemented to guarantee that similar events do not affect the course of the municipal elections on Sunday December 8.
Maduro said that the huge blackout was an attempt to force him to declare the state of emergency and cancel the voting. This, he said, he would never do.
Forcing the people to raise against democratic and progressive governments through measures aimed at making it difficult for the masses to carry out their everyday life has been a permanent tool used by Washington and its allies against nations that choose their paths far apart from the capitalist-oriented avenues drawn up in tune with the interests of the superpowers. When these attempts fail, as it has repeatedly been the case of Cuba and Venezuela, other measures could be used, including violence.
However, amidst the political and economic crusade and media war against the Venezuelan Government, Maduro announced some good to the benefit of the people, such as the signing of a presidential decree approving a joint venture with France’ s Peugeot automobile company to produce cars in the South American country for the domestic market in an effort to lower the increasingly affordable prices of vehicles. He also announced the possibility for Venezuelan citizens, who possess bank accounts in US dollars, to import vehicles into the country, which he said would help force down high costs in the sector.
Venezuela, with the largest oil reserves in the world and with a leading role in Latin American and Caribbean regional integration and development, thanks to the actions and initiatives of Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez, is a major target for the US, since Venezuela is a symbol of the disappearence of the old era in Latin America.
The Venezuelan people, the mass heirs of the ideas of Simon Bolivar, have already learned, like Cubans have, that the only way to guarantee the future is through self-determination. In this regards, we should always have in mind the words of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti that “freedom has a high cost, whether you resign yourself to living without it, or whether you afford its price.”
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