News / Asia

Chinese Families Vent Anger at Rally Outside Malaysian Embassy

Chinese Families of MH370 Passengers Stage Street Protesti
|| 0:00:00
...  
🔇
X
March 25, 2014 12:43 PM
The rage and frustration of Chinese families of those on board flight MH370 spilled out onto the streets of Beijing Tuesday as mothers, fathers, daughters and sons rallied outside the Malaysian Embassy. VOA's Bill Ide was at the protest and has more from the Chinese capital.
The rage and frustration of Chinese families of those on board flight MH370 spilled out onto the streets of Beijing Tuesday as mothers, fathers, daughters and sons rallied outside the Malaysian Embassy.  The Chinese government is also calling for the truth and has demanded Malaysia turn over all satellite information used in Monday's determination that the plane most likely crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean.

In a rare public show of defiance, dozens of angry relatives demanded Malaysia tell them the whole truth about what happened to the flight and said they would not give up until they saw their loved ones again.
 
Walking through Beijing's new Embassy district they shouted, “Malaysia lies! Give us back our loved ones!”
 
"They are hiding information. Everything they say turns out to be false, nothing is true or correct and that's why we're here," one woman said.

Protests are rare in China, especially in the country's capital, but authorities allowed it to go on apparently out of sympathy for the passengers’ families.
 
Emotions run high

Police originally planned to bus relatives quietly to the doorstep of the Malaysian Embassy, but in the end families refused and walked from the Lido Hotel where they have been staying to Malaysia's representative office.
 
Onlookers reacted with curiosity as the families marched through Beijing's city streets. The rally was peaceful, although emotions ran high.

"Malaysia is worse than dogs or pigs" protestors shouted.  Later, one man called for the Chinese government to come forward, but was quickly told by others to not say that.
 
It was clear from the start that the march was highly organized with relatives wearing matching shirts and carrying pre-printed placards. But many had more to say. Some  wrote messages on their shirts, such as the Chinese character for hate. 
 
As the march began to attract crowds, police angrily kept protesters away from onlookers. Reporters were forced to remain behind police tape at angles that made it difficult to film straight ahead shots.
 
But despite protests of family members, Malaysia Airlines insists it is doing all it can. When asked Tuesday whether he should resign, the company CEO responded "that's a decision for later."

Search area narrows
Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith, turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather whilst searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 24, 2014.Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith, turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather whilst searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 24, 2014.
x
Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith, turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather whilst searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 24, 2014.
Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith, turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather whilst searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 24, 2014.


Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein says British analysis of data the plane transmitted during its final hours has again reduced the search area for the Boeing 777.
 
Late Tuesday the minister said he is more optimistic about locating the aircraft's last known position in the southern Indian Ocean.
 
"All search efforts are now focused in the southern part of the southern corridor in an area covering some 469,407 square nautical miles and this is against 2.24 million square nautical miles which was announced on 18th March," he explained. "We are currently working to further narrow down the search area."
 
Authorities have now ended searches elsewhere, after concluding that the plane was southwest of Perth, Australia when it ended its flight. However, investigators have not yet pinpointed the final location of the aircraft.
 
Ships and aircraft from Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and the United States have been scouring the region, facing heavy weather in recent days. No search aircraft flew Tuesday, and ships in the region had to move away from heavy seas, but searching is expected to resume Wednesday.  Two more planes from South Korea and six Chinese ships are expected to soon join the search effort.
 
According to Australian Defense Minister David Johnston, the search area is an extremely challenging environment.
 
“Remember -- this part of the world, this Southern Ocean has shipwrecked many many sailors in our history in Western Australian. It is rough, sea state 7, there are 20, 30 meter waves, it is very dangerous, even for Panamax-class [very large container ships] ships," he said.
 
Satellites and planes have spotted possible debris from the aircraft, but so far there has been no confirmed discovery of any pieces.
 
Malaysia Airlines defends effort
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein leaves with Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (L) after a news conference on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 25, 2014.Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein leaves with Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (L) after a news conference on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 25, 2014.
x
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein leaves with Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (L) after a news conference on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 25, 2014.
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein leaves with Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (L) after a news conference on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 25, 2014.


In Kuala Lumpur, executives of Malaysia Airlines held a news conference defending their efforts to keep family members informed.  They said they have given $5,000 to the next of kin for each passenger and are preparing to offer additional money. They also defended Monday’s decision to inform families and the world that the Malaysian authorities now consider the flight lost.
 
“Our sole and only motivation last night was to ensure that in the incredibly short amount of time available to us that families heard the tragic news before the world did. Wherever humanly possible, we did so in person with the families, or by telephone, using SMS as a last resort of ensuring fully that nearly 1,000 family members heard the news from us and not from the media.”
 
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur on a flight to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew. One-hundred-fifty-three passengers were Chinese.

Ron Corben contributed to this story from Bangkok
Error rendering storify.

You May Like

US Gives Malaysia Questionable Upgrade in Human Trafficking Ranks

Malaysia’s upgrade seen as removing barrier to country’s participation in the US-led 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership More

Turkey, US Try to Establish Buffer Despite Differences

Coalition airstrikes in proposed zone would aim to drive out Islamic extremists, allowing targeted area to come under sway of anti-Assad rebels More

Video US: Millions Exploited by Vast Fortunes of Human Trafficking

State Department's annual report calls exploitation 'modern slavery,' brutalizing girls, women into prostitution and forcing men, women and children into low-wage jobs across the globe More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: tmt from: usa
March 25, 2014 3:45 PM
While if its true the plane crashed..I feel terrible for everyone's loss. But whoever screamed "Malaysia is worse then dogs or pigs" is an idiot to me and had none of my respect cause they live in a stupid black hole and can rot there in their ignorance.
In Response

by: Lillian Fisher from: UK
March 27, 2014 5:02 AM
And what's wrong with "dogs and pigs"?
In Response

by: Mark from: Virginia
March 26, 2014 1:41 PM
name-calling aint gonna help, please stop.

239 people are gone. 15 countries represented on that flight.
Australia - 6
Canada - 2
China - 152
France - 4
Hong Kong - 1
India - 5
Indonesia - 7
Iran - 2
Malaysia - 50
Netherlands - 1
New Zealand - 2
Russia - 1
Thailand - 1
Ukraine - 2
United States - 3

The world mourns.
In Response

by: abby777 from: malaysia
March 26, 2014 2:24 AM
well...this is a tragedy....nobody want this to happen...maybe its already fated...we as human beings created by god...should have patience and understanding....we are not the only one being striken by this tragedy......
In Response

by: Elen from: China
March 25, 2014 7:57 PM
If one of your love in MH370,you wouldn't say idiot

by: JOHN LONGENECKER from: United States
March 25, 2014 3:29 PM
March 25. This standard aircraft technical safety thingy called an AutoLand set-up, that all the reporters ask tons of questions about every chance they get, remotely sends radio signals to a troubled airplane so it flys to a safe nearby airport runway and lands like the airliner is simply an exciting radio controlled RC hobby drone -- except with real living human being passengers on board -- at a fun city airport like Beijing, China - it never is supposed to send a plane way away to some far off remote spot in the Indian Ocean and land there in deep water. This recent March 8 Flight MH730 to China looks like the corporate / govt. authorized flight safety team on the ground and in the air controlling the flight remotely by radio with their space satellites were still learning how to navigate properly with the way cool Boeing uninterruptible autopilot system designed and built for passenger safety in case the fight got into any trouble after take off. Ooops!

by: meanbill from: USA
March 25, 2014 10:20 AM
TRUTH BE TOLD..... China had a "one child" policy, and if you loose your only child in this airline disaster, the agony of that loss would be tremendous.. China's children take care of their parents in old age, and the loss of your "one child" is a tremendous blow, and loss of the family name, income, grandchildren, and life? ...... REALLY
In Response

by: Lillian Fusher from: England
March 27, 2014 4:50 AM
Yes and if that child gappens to be a girl, they dump them on the streets to rot.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Wini
X
July 28, 2015 12:21 AM
The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Obama Encourages Kenya to Fix Cultures of Corruption, Discrimination

President Barack Obama bid farewell to Kenya Sunday with a major speech at as stadium outside the capital Nairobi where he called on Kenyans to change the cultures of corruption and discrimination that can hold society back. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
Video

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Video

Video California Towns Welcome Special Olympics Athletes

Cities and towns in Southern California are greeting thousands of athletes who are arriving for Special Olympics, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities. The games will run from July 25th through August 2nd. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, where athletes from Namibia, Singapore and Tanzania got a rousing welcome from local residents.
Video

Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.
Video

Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.
Video

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.
Video

Video Hoverbike Flying Toward Reality

Another long-standing dream of many technological inventors is quickly approaching reality: U.S.- and British-based firms are cooperating in the development of an individual flying platform they call a hoverbike. They say it may revolutionize the concept of flying, including in the U.S. military. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video As Japan Expands Defense Role, Protests Follow

The Japanese government is moving forward with a controversial security bill that would authorize the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II. Leaders say it is critical to defend against rising threats from China and North Korea. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Japan on the big changes ahead, and the opposition they are drawing.
Video

Video Replacing Poppies with Coffee in Myanmar

The remote mountains of Myanmar’s Shan state are home to the second-largest opium-producing region in the world. After a drop during the 2000s, production surged in the past eight years to feed an increasing demand for heroin in China. But farmers are now making less on the crop, and the U.N. is hoping many will make the switch to growing coffee. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Taunggyi.

VOA Blogs