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2 dozen Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers stage protest

  • A woman cries while while demonstrating with relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    A woman cries while while demonstrating with relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)  (The Associated Press)

  • A plainclothes official, left, escorts a woman holding a sign protesting the handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. The sign reads "The three countries' governments [involved in the search] must implement their promises to the world." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    A plainclothes official, left, escorts a woman holding a sign protesting the handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. The sign reads "The three countries' governments [involved in the search] must implement their promises to the world." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)  (The Associated Press)

  • People hold signs protesting the handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)'

    People hold signs protesting the handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 outside China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)'  (The Associated Press)

About two dozen Chinese relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have staged a small protest outside China's foreign ministry calling on governments to continue searching for the plane.

The relatives gathered Friday outside the ministry in Beijing and demanded to see the foreign minister to submit a petition to him saying that last week's decision to suspend the search was irresponsible.

Several of the relatives held up hand-written signs calling for the search to be continued.

The relatives also wanted to meet Chinese officials involved in last week's decision to call off the search.

Jiang Hui, whose mother was on the plane, said the officials were obliged to meet with the relatives because they had spent Chinese taxpayers' money representing Chinese relatives in attending the meeting.