Apagón con apagón se paga

Havana and half of Cuba went pitch dark. Over there, it’s news. Where I live, it’s business as usual.

Western provinces of Cuba  (including the capital Havana) suffered a four hour electrical blackout last Sunday night. The official explanation by Cuban authorities is “…a failure in a high tension wire that interrupted the service.” It was the worst blackout over there in a decade, affecting at least five million people.

The very same day there were unannounced blackouts in eleven Venezuelan states. CORPOELEC has informed nothing about them.

It’s kind of ironic that Cuba is having an electrical crisis of its own after they provided the Chavernment with assistance to deal with our electric crisis. From sending one their “top men” on the matter to selling us electrical plants of questionable quality. Now looks like we’re exporting our blackouts back to them. Will Venezuela export future excuses as well?

Power outages are increased lately in many Venezuelan states, including my home state of Lara. The neighborhood where I live now faces programmed two-hours cuts twice a week at night. If that’s the way how the comandante presidente wants to win back the middle class… good luck with that.

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