Last Updated on March 14, 2021
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, sprayed down a mob of unruly reporters with a bottle of disinfectant at his weekly press briefing.
Although the briefing was supposed to be about the pandemic situation, the reporters decided instead to repeatedly ask about the ongoing situation in Prayut’s cabinet.
In February, unelected judges on the Thai courts had ordered three cabinet ministers in Prayut’s elected government to be ousted from office and jailed, accusing them of “insurrection” against a previous Thai government in 2014.
The reporters demanded to have access to a list of the individuals under consideration to replace the vacant posts left by these ministers. “Is there anything else to ask?,” Prayut responded at the podium. “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. Isn’t it something the Prime Minister should know first?”
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Prayut, understandably frustrated by their conduct, then sprayed them down with a bottle of disinfectant liquid, before walking out of the briefing.
Prayut is a conservative nationalist, with strong support from the country’s military and royal family. He is particularly known for taking a strong stance against the liberal media. Previously, he had flung a banana peel at camera operators. On another occasion, he declined to take any questions from the media at a scheduled press conference, instead erecting a life sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to “ask this guy” before walking out.
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For over a year now, Prayut’s government in Thailand has been a top target of Soros-funded protest movements, which aim to oust him and the country’s constitutional monarchy from power. A prominent non-profit involved in the ongoing protests, iLaw, names Western globalist NGOs such as Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) as its main financial backers on the ‘About’ page of its website. Similar Soros-funded protest movements have recently spread to nearby Myanmar and India, with demonstrators adopting similar themes such as a Hunger Games-style salute to indicate solidarity between them.