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Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers walk out of briefing, demand China inquiry

Published on Mar 28, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Malaysian officials watch the sole remaining relatives representative after the other Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 left the room in protest at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on Friday, March 28, 2014. Frustrated family members of the Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 walked out of a briefing by Malaysian officials on Friday, leaving the panel to stare at ranks of empty chairs while a relatives' representative berated them. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING/KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Frustrated family members of the Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 walked out of a briefing by Malaysian officials on Friday, leaving the panel to stare at ranks of empty chairs while a relatives' representative berated them.

With the search into its 20th day, hundreds of family members of the 153 Chinese passengers stood up about an hour into a briefing at Beijing's Lido Hotel and calmly filed out of the room, in a surreal scene that underscored the simmering tensions between the relatives and Malaysian authorities.

The man who led them in protest - a representative of the families who gave only his surname Jiang - took the microphone as soon as officials opened the floor for questions following their presentation on the latest details of the search effort.

Mr Jiang, who was wearing a white MH370 T-shirt underneath a tan blazer, turned to the relatives and asked them whether they were satisfied with what they have heard from officials so far.

 
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