Rival Protests Hit The Streets Of Venezuela Amid Blackouts

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Rival Protests Hit The Streets Of Venezuela Amid Blackouts
​The demonstrations came just days after 70 percent of the country lost power.
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The Venezuelan capital of Caracas was the site of two rival demonstrations on Saturday, one led by embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the other by self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó.

The demonstrations came just days after a power outage hit 70 percent of the country. Some areas are still waiting for power to return.

In a speech to his supporters, Maduro blamed the U.S. for the blackout, saying the country's power grid had been "hacked" and "sabotaged." He also warned of potential consequences if the U.S. takes military action in attempt to remove him from office.

Meanwhile, Guaidó called on the people of Venezuela to continue demanding Maduro's resignation. According to the interim president, all options are currently on the table as far his next steps go.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the U.S.' support for Guaidó in a tweet Saturday, saying "Public-sector workers, suffering economic & political repression, now stand with Guaido and the promise of a better future for Venezuela."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.