The Fall of Sri Lanka's Most Powerful Family

On Wednesday morning, Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country. This came after months of protesters filling the streets with chants and tents, ending in a storming of the Presidential residence over the weekend. The protests are a direct result of the economic crisis that Sri Lanka has been experiencing — but who are the Rajapaksas, and why are they being blamed for this crisis? VICE News’ Pallavi Pundir takes us through what led to this moment. 

This episode was produced by Adriana Tapia.

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