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Chinese Police 'Beat And Detain' Relatives Of Missing MH370 Passengers

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Several relatives have described being detained and physically abused by police - seemingly in retaliation for publicly pressing Chinese and Malaysia Airlines authorities for information about the hunt for the plane.


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Past Member (0)
Sunday September 7, 2014, 10:55 pm
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Carrie B (306)
Sunday September 7, 2014, 11:18 pm

Six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, relatives of those lost, desperate for any hint of what happened, say Chinese authorities have become openly hostile towards them.

Several relatives have described being detained and physically abused by police - seemingly in retaliation for publicly pressing Chinese and Malaysia Airlines authorities for information about the hunt for the plane.

"In the beginning, Beijing police were protecting us, but their attitude has completely changed," said Cheng Liping, 38, whose husband was on the flight.

"I can't fathom why they're doing this. I feel so incredibly disappointed."

The Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared on March 8 after taking off from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. About two-thirds of those on board were from China.

Investigators say what little evidence they have suggests the plane was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometres from its scheduled route before plunging into the Indian Ocean.

But no one knows for sure, or why. A painstaking international search has failed to find any trace.

For the relatives, neither their pain nor their quest for answers has eased, and that seems to have become an annoyance for China's authorities. Police had beaten at least two people whose children were on the flight, several family members said. In one case, a woman in her 50s landed in hospital for three days.

"I went to see her in hospital. I could see the injuries on her head and body," said Zhang Yongli, 64, whose daughter was on the flight. "The way the police acted was very extreme, it's wrong to treat us this way."

Beijing police did not respond to requests for comment.

The government has repeatedly said it would spare no effort in the search and leaders have expressed sympathy for the families. Public security authorities have not commented on the families but Malaysia Airlines said distraught relatives had sometimes been aggressive.

Some relatives said they believed their homes were being watched. Police have detained people several times at an office the government has set up in a Beijing suburb where families can go to seek information about the search from Malaysia Airlines and government representatives.

Detentions usually lasted for about 24 hours, said the families and their lawyer. Police had cited various reasons, family members said, including a rule against large gatherings. In a couple of cases, children were taken into custody with adult relatives.

In at least two other cases, relatives say, police went to family members' homes before dawn to detain them without a reason.

"On some level I can understand why the police are doing this - perhaps they're used to only dealing with bad people," said Liu Wanyi, 26, whose husband was on the plane. "But we're not seeking to antagonise the government in any way."

In the weeks after the flight disappeared, when media attention was intense, police were a constant presence at the Beijing hotel where the airline put up the families and held daily meetings.

But as the story faded from the news, authorities became less supportive, the families say.

"Honestly, I can't endure this," Cheng said. "My life has completely changed, I can't manage to work anymore."

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Relatives claim authorities have turned on them

Past Member (0)
Monday September 8, 2014, 9:31 am
So i see the police brutality is happening on a large scale---pretty frightening. Thx Carrie

Roger G (148)
Monday September 8, 2014, 3:03 pm
noted, thanks

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 8, 2014, 5:45 pm
Noted. This is just terrible.....the pain of losing a family member, and then more pain.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 4:26 am
WTF !!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 4:39 am
Chinese justice! And yet how many people in the West think China is THE future, request the chinese language to be taught in schools and bend over backwards to make sure endless business deals are signed.

fly bird (26)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 6:00 pm
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