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Missing Plane Families Demand Malaysia Apology
Chinese relatives of passengers on board flight MH370 have held a protest in Malaysia claiming they are being deceived by authorities.
The group of 32 family members arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Beijing and held a press conference where they unfurled banners and shouted: "We want evidence! We want truth! We want our loved ones!"
Messages on the banners read: "You must return relatives of MH370, no strings attached" and "Hand us the murderer, hand us the truth".
The airline flew the families from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur - the reverse of the route the missing Boeing 777 was on when it vanished from radar screens.
They have been angry and frustrated at what they claim is a lack of information from authorities, more than three weeks after the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared.
Jiang Hui, the relatives' representative, said they wanted an apology from the Malaysian government for what they see as failures in the initial handling of the disaster and the prime minister's announcement that the flight had crashed with no survivors.
They believe the conclusion that the plane was lost with all aboard killed was reached without sufficient evidence.
Steve Wang, who had a relative on the flight, said: "They don't have any direct evidence.
"(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."
The relatives planned to meet top officials in the investigation, including Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein.
He previously said the painstaking search for the plane would continue until there is proof the aircraft crashed in the Indian Ocean, insisting "miracles do happen".
The Malaysian government has come under strong criticism from China over its handling of the investigation, with some relatives accusing authorities of "delays and deception".
They held a brief protest outside a hotel in Beijing where they have been staying for the past three weeks, with many holding placards demanding the "truth" about what happened to the plane.
Hugh Dunleavy, commercial director of Malaysia Airlines, said he hoped the families "will get the answers they are looking for" from their visit to Kuala Lumpur.
Relatives have asked to speak to high level members of the airline's technical team during the trip.
Aircraft searching for the missing plane have spotted red, white and orange objects floating in the ocean off Australia's west coast.
However, none of the items have been confirmed as coming from flight MH370, and they are unlikely to be ruled in our out until ships are able to locate and recover them.
Search teams face a race against time to recover the plane's black box data recorders, which may hold vital clues about what happened but have a battery life of just 30 days.
In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the "intensifying search effort" as positive because objects "have been recovered from the ocean."
But so far, even though more ships are scouring the area off western Australia, none of the recovered items has been connected to the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed March 8 with 239 people on board.