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May 28, 2001 | ANDREI KHALIP, REUTERS
As Brazilians rushed to snap up power-saving light bulbs, candles and generators before the Friday start of energy rationing, government lawyers staffed the legal barricades Sunday in an effort to protect the plan. Latin America's largest country and biggest economy is in the grips of an acute electricity crisis and, under the government rationing plan, must reduce power consumption an average of 20% or face forced blackouts later this year.
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May 28, 2001 | ANDREI KHALIP, REUTERS
As Brazilians rushed to snap up power-saving light bulbs, candles and generators before the Friday start of energy rationing, government lawyers staffed the legal barricades Sunday in an effort to protect the plan. Latin America's largest country and biggest economy is in the grips of an acute electricity crisis and, under the government rationing plan, must reduce power consumption an average of 20% or face forced blackouts later this year.
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