Isaac Humala Núñez is a labour lawyer and nationalist from Ayacucho and is the ideological leader of the Movimiento Etnocacerista, a group of ethnic nationalists. He is a former communist leader who served as the model for a colorful character in Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa's novel "Conversation in the Cathedral". He was Vargas Llosa's teacher of Marxism-Leninism when the writer became a member of a university Communist cell.
Humala is the father of Ollanta Humala
, a leading candidate in the 2006 presidential election
. His wife's name is Elena. One of his other sons, Antauro Humala
, a former army major, ran a popular rebellion against the government's policy in the Andean city of Andahuayllas December 2004
, in which a police station was seized and some people were killed. Humala said in a television
broadcast that he was proud of his son's actions and exhorted them not to give up until they achieve their objectives.
Humala is a self-proclaimed subversive: "a patriot has to be...Christ was and so are we", he declared in an interview.
Humala's Instituto de Estudios Etnogeopolticos
(IEE) is the brain trust of the MPN, which he founded in 1989
Humala is open about his race-conscious,
According to Humala: "the human species had four races, of which one is practically separate, the white one that dominates the world, the yellow has two powers, China and Japan, and the Black, although without the same weight as the others, at least dominates its own continent. On the other hand, ours does not govern anywhere."
2000 Election Controversy
Vargas Llosa, in a statement made January 15
said, "Isaac Humala, father of two presidential candidates in next April's elections, one of whom is Lieutenant Colonel Ollanta, who has some possibility of being elected, has explained the organisation of Peruvian society according to race, which he would like either of his sons to apply. Peru would be a country where only copper-skinned Andeans would have Peruvian nationality. The rest, white, black or yellow, would only be 'citizens' who would have a limited set of rights. If a Latin American
'white' would have made such a proposal, he would have been crucified, and rightly so, by universal outrage. But because the person making this proposal is supposedly Indian, his idea has been met with discreet irony or silent approval. I refer to Isaac Humala as supposedly Indian because this is what his fellow villagers have determined him to be in the small village in Ayacucho from where his family came from before going to Lima
. A sociologist recently went to the village to snoop around for Humala's Andean
roots and she discovered that the family was considered to be the local "mistis", that is to say the whites, because they had property, cattle and were, and how could it be otherwise, exploiters of Indians.''
During the Peruvian national election, 2006, Humala, father of candidates Ollanta and Ulises, said that he would free Shining Path and MRTA leaders Abimael Guzmán and Víctor Polay, since he considers that terrorist movements no longer represent a threat to Peruvian society. This came after a letter was signed by several public figures, including Ulises and fellow candidates Javier Diez Canseco and Alberto Moreno, demanding a fair trial for Polay. Most candidates rushed to condemn Isaac Humala's comments -- including both Humala's sons.