Political responsibility. That is what Barcelona’s exasperated residents are calling for after a power cut left 350,000 customers without electricity. A broken cable triggered a chain reaction of failures at a number of substations. Only now are things getting back to normal. “It is intolerable,” said one man, during a noisy demonstration in which protesters bashed pots and pans outside the local government building. He called for the power company to be forced to invest in the network. “The most serious problem is that I, for example, live in an old building where there are elderly people and they are trapped at home,” a woman added. Hospitals, shops, restaurants and local transport were also hit in the power cut. Local authorities have announced the opening of an inquiry into exactly what went wrong. In the meantime, still reeling from the blackout, residents want reassurance that nothing like it will ever happen again.
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