Friends and relatives of the 150+ Chinese passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have grown desperate for information about their loved ones and are threatening, among other things, to go on hunger strike until their questions are answered.
The AFP has reported that many relatives are upset at the Malaysian Ambassador to China’s lack of communication, and have threatened to “go to the (Malaysian) embassy to find the ambassador.”
The AFP goes on:
“Relatives are very unsatisfied. So you hear them saying ‘hunger strike’,” added [a] 63-year-old from the eastern province of Shandong, speaking as the search entered its 11th day. […]
Outside the meeting room, a woman clutching a placard reading “Respect life. Give us back our families” told reporters that the relatives were going on hunger strike. […]
“All the relatives are facing mental breakdowns,” she added.
The “Respect Life” quote was shouted as relatives raised their fists in the photo above, uploaded to Twitter by Reuters journalist Maxim Duncan.
Online, normally-reserved weibo users (kidding) have called for China to initiate sanctions against Malaysia, “if the Malaysian government continues to fail their job.” There is widespread belief amongst both relatives and disinterested (yet very interested) weibo users that the Malaysian government has been contradictory in its statements surrounding the missing flight (which, by the way, it totally has been) and that it is intentionally withholding certain facts from the public (this part is not as definite).
Only time will tell how badly Malaysian authorities have bungled this one, but in the meantime—if this whole thing has taught us anything at all—it’s important to remember that even pretty straightforward things (like, say, finding a massive jet in the 21st century) can take much longer than anyone would expect, and therefore a hunger-strike is probably not the wisest course of action.