Singer and actress Maria Conchita Alonso won’t be able to call herself a Venezuelan for much longer.
The government of the South American country declared Wednesday that it has begun the process of stripping Alonso of her citizenship for asking for an international and military intervention against the country.
Alonso, who appeared alongside the late Robin Williams in "Moscow on the Hudson,” tweeted in Spanish on Wednesday, “Arriving in Mexico and finding out that they want to take my Venezuelan citizenship. The only citizenship that they represent is that of a communist nation.”
“And what about Colombian Nico?” she asked, referring to the rumor that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was actually born in Colombia.
Alonso, whose real name María Concepción Alonso Bustillos, was born in Cuba and moved to Venezuela when she was 5 years old. She became a U.S. citizen in 2007.
In an interview with Univision Thursday morning, Alonso called the government’s action, “absurd.”
“With all the problems that people are living with in the country," she said, "that they occupy themselves with something like this, which is in reality vain – and it hurts in the end – it makes you ask where these people put their priorities.”
She continued, “They think that they are hurting me with this, but it’s actually given me more strength to continue to talk to the world about the reality in Venezuela.”
The 53-year-old has been a vocal opponent of Maduro since he succeeded former leader Hugo Chávez, calling the event a “disaster” for Venezuela. She has also been critical of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and socialism.
In an interview in May with radio show, “La Voz de America,” Alonso said that the U.S. government should take military action against Venezuela. Later in the month, she also released a song supporting the students who were protesting against Maduro and his government.