Government supporters march during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Government supporters march during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Blackouts plagued Venezuela again Sunday, moving some Caracas residents to bang on pots, burn garbage in the streets and shout curses against President Nicolas Maduro.

The government announced it is keeping schools closed and cutting the length of the workday to conserve power.

"No one can put up with this," a Caracas housewife complained Sunday as she tried to buy a chicken but discovered the bank machines didn't work. "There's been no water since last Monday, you can't call by phone, we can't pay with cards or even eat."

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, greets supporters during a rally in Los Teques, Venezuela, March 30, 2019.
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Another homemaker said she can't refrigerate food and said when her appliances break, it's impossible to buy a replacement.

Maduro has blamed the blackouts on U.S. sabotage.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido again said government neglect and mismanagement are responsible.

"They brought the electrical system to a collapse because they are corrupt and now they can't resolve it because they are incapable," he said.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia Dec. 5, 2018.
Russia Scoffs at US Calls for Withdrawal from Venezuela
The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. calls for Moscow to withdraw its military specialists from Venezuela, saying they are there to honor obligations under previous arms contracts.Asked to comment on Washington's demand for Moscow to pull out its personnel and halt other assistance to embattled President Nicolas Maduro, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov snapped that “our bilateral relations isn't something that should concern third countries.”

Guaido used his constitutional authority as head of the National Assembly to declare the Maduro presidency illegitimate, saying he was re-elected in December in a fraudulent vote.

The United States and about 50 other countries recognize Guaido as president. Washington has imposed numerous sanctions against the government, but Maduro is refusing to step down.

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