Police were forced to step in with crowd-control on Saturday as relatives of Chinese passengers on board missing flight MH370 rushed towards Malaysian authorities at a Beijing hotel, demanding answers over the fate of the plane, some even shouting accusations of Malaysian involvement in a cover-up.
“Government of Malaysia, tell us the truth! Give us back our loved ones!” audience members yelled during a briefing at the Lido Hotel, where relatives of passengers aboard MH370 have been staying since the plane vanished more than two weeks ago.
One person in the room shouted: “The Malaysian government is deceiving us. They don’t dare to face us. The Malaysian government are the biggest murderers,” according to SCMP, pointing out that there has been no evidence to suggest a government conspiracy.
The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people, including 153 Chinese passengers, when it disappeared from radar screens on March 8. A series of false leads and perceptions of withheld information has led to desperate relatives staging protests. Family members of passengers last week stormed a press conference at a Kuala Lumpur hotel, a day after several relatives threatened a hunger strike in response to authorities’ handling of the disappearance.
Two Chinese military planes recently arrived in Perth to assist in the international search for the aircraft after two separate satellite images, one picked up in Australia and one by Chinese satellites, have shown floating objects in the Indian Ocean that may be connected to MH370.