Watch: Thai PM sprays journalists with sanitiser to avoid questions on cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s prime minister responded to questions about a potential cabinet reshuffle by spraying journalists with hand sanitiser.

Prayuth Chan-ocha faced the media after three former ministers were stripped of cabinet posts last month.

As shown in the video above, journalists are seen trying to shield their faces as the prime minister sprays them. 

The prime minister continues to spray members of the media as he walks away.

The incident happened at a news conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House.

Three ministers stripped from posts last month were convicted of insurrection over anti-government protests that culminated in a 2014 military coup, their lawyer said.

Prayuth Chan-ocha – a 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.

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

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