@PravitR also actual reports from Red Shirt villages reveal them to be places with greater freedom of expression/speech
All subjects are discussed at these gatherings, we were told. At the coffee shop we visited, the group included a teacher, a primary school director, and several farmers - both men and women. We asked two women about the Democrat Party’s farmer income guarantee scheme. One said she had not registered; the other said she had received 2,000 baht. We asked whether that would influence her vote. Both in unison said "No". One man there said he had received 2,000 baht last year – and used it to go to Bangkok to join the red shirt protests. It is also clear that there is active debate and even disagreement on strategy and tactics, between different red shirt groups and leaders, and the formal leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).