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Thursday 28 August 2014

Relatives threaten a hunger strike over flight MH370

Malcolm Moore Beijing

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

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After 10 days swinging between hope and despair, and plagued by frustration, some relatives of the Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have threatened to go on a hunger strike.

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Many of the Chinese families are convinced that the Malaysian authorities are withholding vital information from them. Roughly two-thirds of the passengers, a total of 153, were Chinese.

After days of attacking Malaysian officials with water bottles, some have reached breaking point.

"Progress is too slow, the authorities are hiding information," said Mr Chen, the 63-year-old father of Chen Changjun, one of the passengers. "Several relatives want to have a hunger strike to protest," he said.

Outside the conference room where the families have been waiting, a woman waved a placard before the Chinese media yesterday.

"Respect life. Give us back our families," it said.

Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines, said : "We are doing all we can to ensure that the family members have sufficient assistance and information." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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