BANGKOK, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Street unrest in Thai capital was renewed on Friday as police fired teargas at anti-government protesters to stop them from invading a temporary headquarters of the caretaker government in Bangkok's northern outskirts.
The teargas apparently dispersed the protesters and kept them at bay outside the Police Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit road, which has been temporarily used as the government's Center for Maintaining of Peace and Order, police said.
At least five people were injured by the teargas, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Emergency Service Center said.
Policemen armed with batons and shields engaged in a stand-off with the protesters who had tried in vain to cut barbed wires and trespass into the premises.
Traffic was utterly congested on the usually busy road as the protesters continued to gather outside the government's temporary headquarters.
Elsewhere, other anti-government protesters led by former deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban laid siege around Government House and major Bangkok TV stations at the heart of the capital.
Government House has been left unattended by government officials including members of the caretaker cabinet, who have held their meetings at varied government premises in the capital since the past several months.
However, no clashes between the protesters and police have occurred besides the tense standoff outside the Center for Maintaining of Peace and Order.
Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdit condemned Suthep and other protest leaders for the latest turbulence.
"The public is strongly suggested to never get involved in such unlawful, violent acts of the protesters, who have disrespected the rules of law and forcibly tried to occupy government premises and TV stations," the official said in a statement.
The renewed unrest apparently followed Wednesday's ruling by the Constitutional Court that immediately resulted in the removal of acting premier Yingluck Shinawatra over power-abusing charges.
On Thursday, Yingluck was found guilty of duty-negligence charges by the National Anti-Corruption Commission which might possibly cost her a five-year ban from politics.
Yingluck had been found guilty by the Constitutional Court involving the 2011 transfer of Thawil Pliensri from the top post of the National Security Council and separately found guilty by the NACC pertaining to the government's populist rice program implemented since the last few years.
Suthep told his followers that the caretaker government was no longer legitimate to run the country, given the judgments of the court and the anti-graft agency which he said already deprived the government of powers.
The protest leaders pressed executives of the major TV stations to broadcast live their statements and to stop airing those of the government.
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