Chinese relatives of passengers who were onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush the gate and chanted: "Liars!"

Malaysia Airlines said it was doing everything possible to help the families, and defended itself against criticism over how it informed them about the conclusion that no one aboard the aircraft is still alive. Some relatives were informed by text message.

The announcement that there was no hope for the passengers sparked mournful, angry and chaotic scenes at the Beijing hotel where many relatives had gathered. A group of family members read out a statement accusing Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military of procrastination and cover-up.

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A relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries during a protest in front of the Malaysian embassy in BeijingReuters
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Angry Chinese relatives gesture as they sit on a bus waiting to go to the Malaysian embassy in BeijingGetty
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Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 shout slogans during a protest in front of the Malaysian embassy in BeijingReuters
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Family members of passengers on the missing plane hold signs reading: "We need our relatives, we need truth"Reuters
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Medical staff attend to someone outside the Malaysia as embassy paramilitary police stand guardReuters
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Police attempt to prevent relatives from marching towards the Malaysian Embassy in BeijingReuters
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A relative collapses on an escalator at a hotel in Beijing after being told that there was no hope for passengers on the missing Malaysian airlinerReuters
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A relative of a passenger is cared for after fainting at a hotel in BeijingGetty
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A family member of a passenger aboard the missing plane cries after watching Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's news conferenceReuters
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Relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that the plane ended its journey in the Southern Indian OceanReuters
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An angry relative shouts at a hotel in Beijing after watching a television broadcast of a news conference in which the Malaysian prime minister announced the jet ended its journey in the remote Southern Indian OceanReuters