The Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-ocha, has returned to create controversy in the country by spraying with a spray with what seemed alcoholic disinfectant to some journalists due to a question that bothered you.
The strange reaction of the president, which occurred yesterday at the government headquarters, has gone viral in social media and in Twitter The hashtag #fueraPrayut has accumulated almost 60,000 reactions as of this Wednesday.
The embarrassing situation took place when a journalist asked about the renewal of three ministerial positions, to which Prayut replied first that he had no information yet and then he snapped that he shouldn’t have asked that.
Following, He grabbed the spray and sprayed disinfectant at the front line of reporters while he half covered his mouth with a face mask that he carried in his hand and left the press conference.
Prayut, leader of the 2014 coup, being head of the Army and of the military junta that governed Thailand until 2019, is Known for his irate and blunt character and his humorous outlets of questioned taste.
In 2014, the retired general set out to touch the head and ear of a journalist, which caused discomfort to many because in Thailand the head is considered the most sacred part of the body and it is rude to touch it to another person.
That same year, He threw a banana peel at a camera operator after getting angry that he had been asked several times to look at the lenses.
Despite his irascible character, Prayut was elected prime minister in 2019 after partially transparent elections, according to international observers, but in which millions of Thais voted for the promilitary Palang Pracharat party, which leads the ruling coalition.
Prayut’s greatest challenge has been the pro-democracy protests that, mainly during the second half of 2020, gathered crowds in the streets to demand his resignation and a reform of the political system and the monarchy.
Many leaders and participants in the protests, including minors, have been charged with various crimes, including sedition, which carries penalties of up to 7 years in prison, and lese majesty, punishable by between 3 and 15 years in prison.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged the Thai authorities to stop accusing peaceful protesters of serious crimes and to respect the right of expression and demonstration.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.