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Relatives and friends of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said they were tortured by the uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones, as they wait for hard evidence that the plane had crashed.
''This is the trauma of maybe he's dead, maybe he's not. Maybe he's still alive and we need to find him. Maybe he died within the first hour of the flight, and we don't know,'' Sarah Bajc, the American girlfriend of U.S. passenger Philip Wood, said in Beijing.
''I mean, there's absolutely no way for me to reconcile that in my heart,'' she said.
The Malaysian government has come under strong criticism from China, home to more than 150 of the passengers, where relatives of the missing have accused the government of "delays and deception".
Family members of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 hold a banner during a protest. The protest was also held to thank overseas Chinese who protested in front of the Malaysian Embassy in London. Fresh objects spotted by planes searching for a missing Malaysian passenger jet in a new area of the southern Indian Ocean have again raised hopes of unravelling the three-week old mystery.(Reuters)
On Saturday, more than 20 Chinese relatives staged a brief protest on Saturday outside the Lido hotel in Beijing where families have been staying for the past three weeks, demanding evidence of the plane's fate.
The peaceful protest came just days after dozens of angry relatives clashed with police after trying to storm the Malaysian embassy.
Many of Saturday's protesters carried slogans demanding the "truth" about their lost loved ones.
"They don't have any direct evidence," said Steve Wang, who had a relative on the flight. "(Their conclusion) is only based on mathematical (analysis) and they used an uncertain mathematical model. Then they come to the conclusion that our relatives are all gone."
Since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared three weeks ago, Malaysia has faced verbal attacks from China's government, media and passengers' families angry at its perceived muddled response and poor communications.
Several Chinese celebrities have now taken up the cudgels on social media, urging their millions of followers to boycott Malaysia, threatening to worsen what seems likely to be a heavy fall in lucrative Chinese tourism.
In Malaysia, China's reaction is increasingly viewed as high-handed, excessively harsh and hypocritical as Kuala Lumpur grapples with what it sees as an unprecedented