José Lujan stresses that the commission was made by the Ministry of Development, which asked that the study be carried out by Javier Guillamón
A group of 18 professors from the University of Murcia has expressed their criticism of the rector José Luján for a report that disassociates the inventor Juan de la Cierva with the Franco regime, carried out by the professor of Modern History Francisco Javier Guillamón. These professors have launched a manifesto stating that the Murcian scientist collaborated with the military uprising of 1936 and have initiated a collection among the university community to defend this thesis. They openly declare against the regional airport being named after the inventor of the autogyro.
The rector José Lujan has stated in this regard that he does not take “any part in this controversy.” He denies that he commissioned such a report from Professor Guillamón, but that said commission was made by the Ministry of Development and Infrastructure, with the express indication that Javier Guillamón should carry it out. Luján explains that the Ministry addressed him as rector, requesting a favorable report on his thesis, and requesting that Guillamón do so. He transferred this request to this professor, who decided to make the report.
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The rector pointed out that this procedure has been done on other occasions with other matters and reports requested by various organizations and institutions. Sometimes, the petitioners themselves indicate which professor they want to carry out the study, and other times they leave it to the discretion of the corresponding department of the UMU. José Luján stressed that in no case was the report commissioned by him. He indicated that the dean and the Department of History of the UMU are informed of the request made by the Ministry.