Amid a heavy police presence Sunday, at least 30 relatives of the Chinese passengers on board missing flight MH370 gathered at a Beijing temple to mark the first anniversary of the plane’s wholly unexplained disappearance en route to the Chinese capital.
Holding signs and white t-shirts saying “search on”, and demanding “the truth”, the relatives said they wanted to commemorate the day, pray for their loved ones’ safe return and maintain pressure for more information from Malaysian authorities, who they believe are concealing information.
The Boeing 777 jetliner carried 239 passengers and crew, including 153 Chinese citizens. Cheng Liping came to remember her missing husband, movie stunt man Ju Kun. “I came to pray for him, I’ve been here many times before,” she said. “We have had no real information from Malaysia, but we will not give up.” Her home-made sign read “I will never give up. There is no home without my husband. My two sons need their father to return home safely.”
Outnumbered by uniformed and plainclothes police, the relatives gathered outside the Buddhist temple’s main entrance. They have gathered there on previous occasions, such as the six-month anniversary, and after the late January announcement by Malaysian authorities that the plane had met an “accident” with all passengers and crew presumed dead.
“Today, we stand united in remembering and honouring the 239 people, including 50 Malaysians, on-board MH370,” Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement. “Our prayers are with them and their loved ones left behind – whose sorrow we share.”
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SOURCE: USA Today – Calum MacLeod