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Anti-government protesters in Thailand have forced the postponement of a summit of Asian leaders, a Thai government official has said.
Hundreds of demonstrators prevented leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) from attending their meetings on Saturday by blocking the entrance to their hotel in the beach resort of Pattaya.
The protesters stormed a building hosting the summit, honking horns and chanting slogans against the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, the prime minister, whom they want to resign.
Abhisit imposed a state of emergency while he ensured that the Asean leaders left Pattaya safely.
"I have completed my task and have ordered the lifting of the state of emergency," he said in a brief televised statement on Saturday.
Some of the Asean leaders were evacuated from Pattaya by helicopter, security officials said.
Thani Thongphakdi, the deputy spokesman from the Thai ministry of foreign affairs, told Al Jazeera on Saturday: "Leaders have expressed their understanding and it was agreed that the meeting would effectively be postponed."
The red-shirted protesters, supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, declared victory thereafter and withdrew peacefully from the summit venue.
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Sean Boonpracong, a spokesman for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the group leading the anti-government protests, told Al Jazeera: "We are satisfied that we are showing ourselves in force, to show that all is not well politically in Thailand.
"We feel like the larger issues in society have not been addressed at all. There is no justice in Thailand today."
Rival protesters - both monarchists and pro-Thaksin supporters - clashed among themselves, throwing stones and smoke bombs at each other about five kilometres from the venue.
A Thai official said two or three people were injured in the clashes. Authorities were investigating reports of shots fired and an explosion.
Leaders from the 10 Asean members plus China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand were to discuss measures to combat the global economic crisis on Saturday and Sunday.
China and the Asean states were also due to sign a long-planned free-trade agreement, a key in the regional body's ambition to create the world's largest free-trade area.