Maria Conchita Alonso, Cuban-born but Venezuelan raised, has always been one of the major criticis of late president Hugo Chavez and his government. The actress has never forgotten the country where she spent much of her life before landing in Hollywood.
The actress, who is about to release two movies and will start recording her own reality show, spoke to HuffPost Voces confessing she is not sad about the Venezuelan leader passing away, but that she wished he was "alive with cancer, and in jail. "
"I am a person who does not desire the death of anyone, I rather wanted him to finish his days in prison. That was my desire, he behind bars. But it was not what God wanted," the actress told HuffPost Voces. "Ideally, he would be alive with cancer, in jail."
The artist also assured that what happened to him was the Venezuelan leader's own fault because "that was his punishment for doing so much damage, not only in Venezuela but in Latin America."
Alonso also referred to the politician as the "former president" of Venezuela since she considers it was unconstitutional and illegal the way he managed to remain in office for a third term, and is further convinced that the leader had actually died days before it was announced.
The insults she receives on Twitter, like Chavez followers labeling her as a "bitch", haven't been able to silence the Hollywood star, who claims she plans to continue being active on the issues that concern her country.
"My battle now will be insisting on elections. But we have to demand a lot of changes. We can’t go and play their little game, make elections for the world to think we are a democratic country, and that people want “chavismo” because it always wins. Because that's false," the actress says.
Meanwhile, long-time Chavez' friend actor Sean Penn, with who Alonso once had an openly angry altercation due to difference in opinions regarding Venezuela's government, has expressed sadness caused by Chavez's death.
“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,” Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.”
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Saluting His Supporters
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a Venezuelan flag while speaking to supporters after receiving news of his reelection in Caracas on October 7, 2012. According to the National Electoral Council, Chavez was reelected with 54.42% of the votes, beating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who obtained 44.97%. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/GettyImages)
Having Just Voted
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters in Caracas on October 07, 2012. Venezuelans voted Sunday with President Hugo Chavez's 14-year socialist revolution on the line as the leftist leader faced youthful rival Henrique Capriles in his toughest electoral challenge yet. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)
Drinking Coffee During A Press Conference
Venezuelan President and presidential candidate Hugo Chavez drinks coffee during a press conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on October 6, 2012. Chavez, in power for almost 14 years, is vying for a fourth term in office that would extend his presidency by another six years, but opposition candidate Henrique Capriles hopes to pull a major upset in the presidential elections on October 7 elections. PHOTO/Eitan Abramovich (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/GettyImages)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez review cadets during the military inauguration ceremony of his new Defense Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva (not in frame) on January 17, 2012 in Caracas. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez gestures during a ceremony with elderly in Caracas on January 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Speaking Before Venezuela's Parliament
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks before the Parliament in Caracas on January 13, 2012 during his annual report about the actions and accomplishments of his government. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
With Nicaraguan President Ortega and Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L) Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (C) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Managua on January 10, 2012. Ahmadinejad and Chavez came to Nicaragua to attend the inauguration of president Daniel Ortega's third term. AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
Decorating Peruvian President Humala
The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez (R), decorates his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala, during a ceremony in Bolivar on January 7, 2012. Humala is on an official visit to Venezuela. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Kissing The Hand Of Miss World 2011
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) kisses the hand of Venezuelan Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos (R) during a meting in Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on January 04, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
With Uruguayan President Mujica
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) is welcomed by Uruguayan President Jose Mujica during the XLII Mercosur Summit in Montevideo on December 20, 2011. Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are Mercosur founding full members, while Venezuela is in the process of incorporation, and Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are associate members. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL CASELLI (Photo credit should read DANIEL CASELLI/AFP/Getty Images)
With Painting Of Simón Bolivar
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 6, 2011. Chavez on Tuesday said that he will travel to Brazil on Sunday --after attending Argentine president Cristina Kirchner's inauguration-- to pay a visit to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, affected by cancer, like himself. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Singing on 'Amor Mayor' program
Venezulan President Hugo Chavez (L) sings with an elderly man during the launching of the 'Amor Mayor' programme, which seeks to help senior citizens, in Caracas on December 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hugo Chavez's Last Tweet
February 18, 2013 "I still cling to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Ever onward to victory! We will live and overcome!,"
To 50% of #Venezuela, my condolences. To the other 50%, congratulations. #chavezdies
RIP Chávez, regardless of political ideology, he was a human being and a Venezuelan
RIP Chávez. Obviously he will be remembered for better or for worse. The truth is Venezuela begin a new phase and with it a new chapter.
"He was a human being and deserves respect." Who are you trying to fool, he was a monster #MuereChávez.
Well, that's one dictator less.