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Sydney Vote No skywriters forced to reveal their identity after GoFundMe freezes funds

The organisers of the Vote No skywriting campaign over Sydney during the weekend were forced to nominate a spokesperson after their funding was temporarily frozen by crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

On Monday morning, Vice reported the Sydney Vote No GoFundMe page had updated its description to explain how the site “has decided to freeze our funds, until we give our names and locations.

“This is on the back of a massive amount of hateful messages we have received by people who want to silence our message and personally attack us.”

It continued: “Our grassroots campaign has already inspired many independent actors, despite the threats by commenters to ‘dox’ the organisers.
We are informed that no less than four ‘Vote No’ sky-writings have taken place over Sydney today!”

The page was eventually forced to update its page to nominate its representative as Kat A Klayton of Canberra.

Klayton previously spoke at the Safe Schools rally in Canberra, which was drowned out by pro-LGBTI protesters.

An update on the page read: “As for the issue of GoFundMe’s placing of our funds on hold, we are required by them to state the following for transparency.

“As of today Kat A Klayton has taken over all aspects of running the page and campaign officially. We are required by Gofundme to provide her details regardless of the potential or perceived risks to her safety given the recent violence and attacks on No advocates by those supporting gay marriage.

“All funds will be withdrawn to her nominated bank account and used for the sole purpose of what was stated previously being the procurement of a skywriting service to write our VOTE NO message in the sky.”

The organisers originally claimed they would prefer to stay anonymous “due to the sheer amount of hate and threats we have received on this campaign by those who mask their hate with ‘Equality’.”

GoFundMe have been approached for comment.

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