Treasurer Wayne Swan
Treasurer Wayne Swan

Swan disappointed by violence

TREASURER Wayne Swan says the Occupy demonstrations have intensified debate about social and economic inequality in societies across the globe, but is disappointed the protests became violent.

Mr Swan said while the protests don't have a concrete set of aims or demands, those in Melbourne on Friday and Sydney today should not have resulted in violence.

"There seems to be a growing sense of frustration in many countries that opportunities are not being evenly shared and that the burden of the global economic downturn has been carried by those that can least bear it," he said today in a weekly economic note.

"It's disappointing this important discussion has been obscured by instances of violence over the past few days.

"People of course are always free to protest as long as they are peaceful, follow the instructions of police and don't interfere with the rights of others."

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