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Thailand PM, angry at journalists, sprays them with disinfectant

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BANGKOK: Politicians are often accused of sanitising the news. This time, one of them has done it — intentionally.

On Tuesday, Thailand’s Prime Minister sanitised the news media.

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After fielding a spray of 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 the reporters to mind their own business then grabbed a container of alcohol mist, and doused the front row, before walking off.

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

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

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

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

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