Unhappy with a question he received during a press conference, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters to mind their own business, and sprayed disinfectant at those sitting in the front row.
According to The Associated Press, during the Tuesday (Mar. 9) presser, a reporter had asked Prayuth about a possible cabinet reshuffle. Three ministers had been jailed after getting convicted over anti-government protests leading to the 2014 military coup.
Reluctant to answer the question, Prayuth said: "Is there anything else to ask? I don't know, I haven't seen it. Isn't it something the prime minister should know first?"
He then abruptly stopped the press briefing, walked to a group of reporters in front of him, and doused them with disinfectant while holding a mask to his face.
He continued to spray disinfectant at them while walking casually along the row of journalists.
Before walking out from the event, he talked briefly with a group of reporters but continued to spray disinfectant at them.
Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sprayed hand sanitizer at journalists to avert answering questions on the latest cabinet pic.twitter.com/nZyMgcou58— Reuters (@Reuters) March 9, 2021
Prayuth is known for his animosity towards the press, having infamously brought a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself to meet the press back in 2018, and asked them to direct their questions to the cutout instead.
Back in 2014, he had also thrown a banana peel at a cameraman after he got annoyed when he was asked to face the camera several times.
Top image adapted via Twitter