|(Flight MH370) Determined to go on hunger strike, Beijing relatives wonder where Malaysian envoy is
Desperate relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 have threatened to go on hunger strike.
(Pictured, Xie Hangsheng, right, China's vice foreign minister, with Malaysia's Ambassador to China Iskandar Sarudin).
“Now we have no news, and everyone is understandably worried. The relatives say they will go to the [Malaysian] embassy to find the ambassador,'' said Wen Wancheng, whose son was aboard the missing Beijing-bound flight. Wen was referring to envoy Iskandar Sarudin.
“The Malaysian ambassador should be presenting himself here. But he's not,'' Wen said, updating reporters after a regular meeting between Malaysia Airlines officials and family members at the Metropark Lido Hotel in Beijing.
“Relatives are very unsatisfied. So you hear them saying ‘hunger strike,’’’ added the 63-year-old from the eastern province of Shandong. The search has entered the 11th day.
Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight carrying 239, were Chinese.
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.
She declined to say how many were doing so, or give her name.
“Since they haven't given us the truth about those people's lives, all of us are protesting,'' the woman said furiously.
“All the relatives are facing mental breakdowns,'' she added.
Wen also said some of the relatives had stopped going to the meetings, given how long they had been waiting for information.
“It doesn't mean giving up,'' he added. “It's normal to return home. Like me, I have been out for a long time.''—AFP