Actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso says movie director Oliver Stone "got paid" to support the Venezuelan government, a dictatorship being infiltrated by foreign interests that ultimately pose a threat to the United States.
“It’s a dictatorship right now in Venezuela. And it’s a danger for the United States,” the outspoken Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised star told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Wednesday on Newsmax TV.
"This is a war about the next-door neighbors of the United States. The Cubans are there. The Russians. The Iranians. The Chinese. Just now, in the past few days, planes full of soldiers from Cuba have been arriving in Venezuela. Chinese are also arriving in Venezuela.
"The final point of all this is, they want the United States. Why is that so hard to understand?"
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Alonso passionately described the personal tragedies unfolding in the streets of Venezuela.
"These students were tired of [the fact that] you can't find food, you can't find medicine, if you go out of your home to see your mom or take your kids to school, or whatever, your life is in danger," she said.
"Every week, hundreds of people are killed by the huge crimes that exist now in Venezuela. Isn't it better to just go out and do something and stop this once and for all? … The kids are out on the streets trying to save a country," she said.
"And the students have no arms… I mean, they have nothing, and the military is infiltrated with a lot of Cubans and they're… attacking with real bullets and with the other ones that do hurt you and open holes in your body but they're not real ones.
"Four students have been killed, three students and one girl were killed…. A 17-year-old kid was run over by an SUV from someone from the pedevesa [the state-run oil and gas company], from the government. The kids are out on the streets trying to save a country, trying to tell the Cubans, ‘you get out of here.’"
Stone — whose films include "JFK," "Natural Born Killers," and "The Hand" — is producing a biopic on the life of the late Hugo Chavez and recently implied that student protests against the current regime aren't legitimate.
“Venezuela is a democratically elected government. These people who keep protesting are sore losers,” he said in an interview.
Alonso, co-star of the Robin Williams flick "Moscow on the Hudson," says Stone received funding from the Chavez government for film projects and therefore has remained sympathetic to the Venezuelan government.
"He got paid all the money [from the Chavez regime] and has to do this....
"And the same thing years ago, Danny Glover got paid, I don't know how many millions... to make a movie about one of the first presidents from Haiti….
“It’s all about money.”
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