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Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Australia on an official visit to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Last week, “the red shirts”, traditionally supporters of the Prime Minister’s party, took to the streets to mark the anniversary of a 2010 clash with military that saw 91 protestors killed. They’re worried those responsible won’t be held accountable for the deaths. And yet the political instability since the coup in 2006 which deposed Yingluck’s brother Thaksin, and Thailand’s questionable human rights record, have not threatened the strong relationship between the two countries.

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