Police think the extremists planned to sever high-voltage wires leading to the Congress Centre, where NATO meetings are to be held, and to Prague's subway system...
The term "darking" was coined last year in the Czech Republic's Moravia region, where the practice of cutting high-voltage power lines and toppling power poles was first reported.
"Czechs say anarchists planned NATO summit blackout," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, November 14, 2002
HN says that several well organised groups have caused energy distribution companies problems in recent months by knocking out transfer stations for fun or in a fight against the monopoly energy producer CEZ, which experts say is a new adrenaline sport.
The practitioners themselves call the new type of sport darking. "It has been going on for about two years and we have registered tens of cases," Alena Holubcova, spokeswoman for the STE central Bohemian power distribution company told the paper. HN also reports that similar problems have been registered in north Moravia as well. "We have seen six cases recently," SME north Moravian energy distribution spokesman Pavel Novacek told HN.
The paper says that technicians who repair the transfer stations following darker attacks say that it is a miracle no one is hurt during the events, as the risk of electrocution is high.
-"'Darking' becoming more popular in Czech Republic," CTK National News Wire, September 6, 2002
You'll notice that both the example and earliest citations refer to darking activities in the Czech Republic. So far this "game" appears limited to that country. However, in the more general sense of "losing electrical power," I saw a story in The Mirror from September 6, 2001 that talked about how in England some solar-powered parking meters weren't working because there wasn't enough sunshine to recharge them. The headline? "Darking Meters."
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