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Laos faces public backlash as economy teeters toward default

Debt crisis triggers rare anger against communist leaders on social media

BANGKOK -- Shortly after a Laotian-language article headlined "Lao economy collapses" appeared on the Facebook page of U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia this month, public rage erupted against leaders of the one-party state.

The 1,100-plus replies to the post include angry rants by Laotians within the landlocked, resource-rich Southeast Asian nation. Despite replies being easily traceable, people have vented. "If the government cannot manage the economy, get out!" fumed one female poster.

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