Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Caracas amid nationwide Venezuela power outage

Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Caracas amid nationwide Venezuela power outage

As well as communications, water pumps have failed, food is rotting in fridges, businesses are shuttered and transport is virtually non existent. Petrol stations and grocery shops are running dry, with huge queues snaking around the few still operating. 

At hospitals across the country, back up generators have failed or been insufficient to power life saving equipment. At a number, medical staff have been left ventilating premature babies or patients in critical condition by hand. Several deaths have been reported.

Carmen Yagres, a 38-year-old engineer, said Mr Maduro’s government must go. “We are here because people are dying,” she told the Telegraph. “It seems it doesn’t matter to them.”

She implored the US to intervene to end the crisis. “We need international help,” she told The Telegraph.

Mr Maduro, too, called supporters to the streets of Caracas on Saturday. The hardcore militants of his Socialist PSUV turned out, chanting patriotic slogans in defence of the fatherland against “imperialist aggression”.

But away from the rank and file, the mood was subdued, the thronging crowds of fervent supporters he has in the past commanded nowhere to be seen. 

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