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Thai ultraroyalists called out for purging progressive politics

Head of pro-youth opposition party says establishment will pay a high price

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat in his office in the Thai parliament. "The establishment is going against the questions that the young generation wants to raise," he says. (Photo by Marwaan Macan-Markar)

BANGKOK -- Thai lawmaker Pita Limjaroenrat is warning ultraroyalist hard-liners that they will pay a heavy political price if they banish the pro-youth party he leads.

"I will make sure that the political cost of doing this will be higher than anything that has come before in Thailand," the 41-year-old said during an interview with Nikkei Asia, in his office. "As long as I am in charge, we will fight in terms of legality and legitimacy."

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