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Sri Lanka rages against the Rajapaksas: 5 things to know

President 'Terminator' hangs on as protests evoke last days of Suharto

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family have become the focus of public anger over the country's worsening economic crisis. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/EPA/Jiji)

BANGKOK -- Sri Lanka's hawkish President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family are facing an unprecedented explosion of street protests, putting their future in doubt.

The public's anger stems from an economic meltdown in the debt-ridden, strategically located Indian Ocean island. "Go Home Gota" has become a rallying cry, as frustrated citizens focus their anger on the president and his relatives, who make up the country's most influential political clan.

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