MH370 crash announcement followed by protests

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Chinese police in front of the Malaysia embassy in Beijing on March 25

Some 200 relatives of passengers of the ill-fated flight Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 25 gathered in Beijing to march to the Malaysian embassy, demanding more information about the plane’s fate. The protesters used banners and t-shirts with slogans which indicates that the march has been planned beforehand.

Despite a large police command was cordoning off the area, they kept unusually quiet given that street protest in Beijing are normally blocked very quickly.

China’s foreign ministry demanded on March 25 that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that the jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors during a flight to Beijing. Among the flight’s 239 passengers, 153 were Chinese nationals, making the incident a highly emotional one for Beijing. Family members of the missing passengers have complained bitterly about a lack of reliable information and some suspect they are not being told the whole truth.

Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia’s ambassador to Beijing that China wanted to know what exactly led Malaysia to announce Monday night that the plane had been lost, China’s Foreign Ministry said on its website.

“We demand the Malaysian side to make clear the specific basis on which they come to this judgment,” Xie was quoted as telling Datuk Iskandar Bin Sarudin during their meeting late on March 24. There was no immediate response from the Malaysian side.

The announcement by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak that the plane has “ended” its journey over the Southern Indian Ocean at 10pm Malaysia time on March 24 has sparked morunful, angry and chaotic scenes at the Beijing hotel where relatives had gathered.

Around 2am local time on March 25 a group of family members read out a statement condemning Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government and military and vowing to hold them responsible for the deaths of their loved ones.

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Chinese police in front of the Malaysia embassy in Beijing on March 25

Some 200 relatives of passengers of the ill-fated flight Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 25 gathered in Beijing to march to the Malaysian embassy, demanding more information about the plane’s fate. The protesters used banners and t-shirts with slogans which indicates that the march has been planned beforehand.

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Chinese police in front of the Malaysia embassy in Beijing on March 25

Some 200 relatives of passengers of the ill-fated flight Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 25 gathered in Beijing to march to the Malaysian embassy, demanding more information about the plane’s fate. The protesters used banners and t-shirts with slogans which indicates that the march has been planned beforehand.

Despite a large police command was cordoning off the area, they kept unusually quiet given that street protest in Beijing are normally blocked very quickly.

China’s foreign ministry demanded on March 25 that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that the jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors during a flight to Beijing. Among the flight’s 239 passengers, 153 were Chinese nationals, making the incident a highly emotional one for Beijing. Family members of the missing passengers have complained bitterly about a lack of reliable information and some suspect they are not being told the whole truth.

Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia’s ambassador to Beijing that China wanted to know what exactly led Malaysia to announce Monday night that the plane had been lost, China’s Foreign Ministry said on its website.

“We demand the Malaysian side to make clear the specific basis on which they come to this judgment,” Xie was quoted as telling Datuk Iskandar Bin Sarudin during their meeting late on March 24. There was no immediate response from the Malaysian side.

The announcement by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak that the plane has “ended” its journey over the Southern Indian Ocean at 10pm Malaysia time on March 24 has sparked morunful, angry and chaotic scenes at the Beijing hotel where relatives had gathered.

Around 2am local time on March 25 a group of family members read out a statement condemning Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government and military and vowing to hold them responsible for the deaths of their loved ones.

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