The families of those aboard have been angered by the apparent discrepancies in statements by French and Malaysian officials, and have accused the authorities of hiding the truth.
On Friday, they held a protest outside Malaysia Airlines’ offices in Beijing, before scuffling with police at the gates of the Malaysian embassy.
Lu Zhanzhong, whose son was aboard the plane, told AFP news agency that the families wanted to go to Reunion to “see the truth”.
“I want to see if my son’s luggage is there,” he said.
On one level, you could argue, it is simply a refusal to accept the obvious.
The evidence after all is strong; the satellite data shows the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean and now the debris find – matching the sea current patterns – adds further corroboration.
But the unwillingness of many of the Chinese relatives to believe that conclusion is not as illogical as it sounds.
There are indeed real question marks over the way the Malaysian authorities have handled both the search for the plane and the release of information – marred by delay, confusion and apparent self-interest.
And here in China too, the families feel there is no-one they can trust. There are no independent media voices campaigning on their behalf or doggedly pursuing the truth.
Their own attempts to demand answers have been met with the usual control and harassment by plain-clothes policemen.
Bewildered and despairing, it is perhaps little wonder that some find comfort in the myriad conspiracy theories swirling online; that the plane might not be at the bottom of the ocean and that their loved ones might still be alive.
Source :BBC WORLD
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