Venezuela

Venezuelans Skeptical of Claims of Power Grid Sabotage

Incompetence is kind of hard to disguise

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Venezuelans are skeptical of President Nicolas Maduro's claims that saboteurs caused a blackout that left about 70 percent of the country without electricity and caused chaos in Caracas, interrupting subway service and snarling traffic.

For many, no explanation is necessary: Government neglect and incompetence caused the blackouts that have plagued the country for years while rarely affecting the capital.

Maduro claimed sabotage by "the extreme right-wing" for the outage that left 14 of 23 states without power much of Tuesday. He did not present any evidence.