Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- She calls herself "Aim." She is 43 years old and has two children, one a teenager, the other seven years old. She has a smile on her face even though she is sitting outside in air so thick with humidity and heat that it's hard to breathe.
She seems like a regular working mom until you ask her about the government's announcement it was about to crack down and move the Red Shirt protesters out of the swanky area they have occupied for more than five weeks in Bangkok.
"If they do I would like them to kill me. I am not afraid." Aim said. "I want to die."
She will die for a cause her children do not understand, she said. "We want democracy, I support Thaksin." Aim said referring to Thailand's former prime minister who fled the country after a bloodless coup. He is wanted on corruption charges. Most of the Red Shirt protesters are his supporters and don't believe the charges are true.
Thousands of them like Aim sit in front of or near the main stage area where the anti-government protestors have rallied for weeks listening to deafening speeches blaring from the huge speakers put up on the column supports of the overpass.
The government now estimates there are 5,000 protesters still occupying city streets, down from an estimated 20,000. Those left seem to have the most resolve in keeping the protest alive.
Down the street a ways another mother sits with her 9-year-old daughter. Her name is Ananya Thongyoi. She says she came to the protest because she wants justice.
"Thailand has double standards. I love Thaksin he has done good for the poor people." The Red Shirts essentially see the current government as elitist and not looking out for the interest of the rural poor and working class people.
But what about the safety of her daughter, named Pim? More than 30 people have been killed in the violence in just the past four days. Both the Thai military and the protesters have engaged in deadly behavior.
"I am afraid of her getting hurt so that is why I moved her to the Temple area."
The Temple grounds are supposed to be a safe haven. Other families with much younger children and elderly parents sit on the temple grounds eating lunch while their children play, some with coloring books, others with small toys.
Pim is sitting and happily chatting with her grandmother. She would normally be in school, but the government said it was forced to postpone school for a week because of the violent clashes.
Like many children around the world Pim doesn't mind an extra week of holiday. Surrounded by the protests, the innocence of a child is clearly intact.
"I am having fun. I can hear music. It is better than staying home."