Thailand's 'red villages': The rural communities backing Shinawatra
17 December 2013 Last updated at 00:04 GMT
Thailand remains gripped by political deadlock after more than a month of protests - despite the government's decision to call an election in February.
The Bangkok-based protest movement is still calling for sweeping reform of the political system before the election is held.
But outside of the capital, the government's millions of supporters - known as the red shirts - are determined to ensure it wins a sixth successive election.
Jonathan Head reports from Udon Thani.