03/07/2013 05:36 pm ET

Maria Conchita Alonso On Chavez's Death: 'I Prefer Him Alive, With Cancer And In Prison"

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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