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Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers met with silence in visit to Malaysia Airlines office

Published on Jun 11, 2014 4:28 PM
A woman (left), whose son, daughter-in-law and grandson were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, cries after she and other family members failed to express their appeals to the airline outside its office in Beijing on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The frustrated Chinese relatives of passengers on board missing flight MH370 visited the offices of Malaysia Airlines in Beijing on Wednesday to confront officials after regular briefings by the airline were halted.

The relatives had previously been given regular updates on the search for the plane by airline officials at a hotel in Beijing. But the briefings were cancelled last month, to the fury of many who say they no longer have any way of making their voices heard.

Relatives organised a visit to the Beijing office of the airline to "demand answers", a message posted on their official online account said, but were turned away and refused access to airline staff.

A heavy security presence blocked journalists from entering the building and reporters interviewing relatives outside were closely watched by the police, as five marked police vans were parked nearby.

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