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Thailand’s prime minister sprays journalists with hand sanitiser

Prayuth Chan-ocha has had a turbulent relationship with the media.

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Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sprays alcohol mist on a front row of reporters (AP)

Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sprays alcohol mist on a front row of reporters (AP)

Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sprays alcohol mist on a front row of reporters (AP)

Thailand’s prime minister has sprayed members of the press with hand sanitiser.

After fielding questions from journalists at his weekly news conference in Bangkok, the famously mercurial Prayuth Chan-ocha sprayed back with disinfectant.

Riled by a final question about a possible Cabinet reshuffle, he told reporters to mind their own business, then grabbed a container of alcohol mist and doused the front row before sauntering off.

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Prayuth Chan-ocha (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

Prayuth Chan-ocha (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

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Prayuth Chan-ocha (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

The quick-tempered former army commander, who overthrew the elected government in a 2014 coup, is known for his unpredictable behaviour.

In the past, he has spoken to a media scrum while fondling the ear of one of the reporters and flung a banana peel at camera operators.

After an event in 2018 he declined to speak to the media, and instead set up a life-size cutout of himself.

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“Ask this guy,” he said and walked away.


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