Internet bolsters signature campaign calling for more affordable housing A signature campaign expressing concern about soaring house prices has won support across the nation as the central government struggles to tame the overheated property sector. More than 1,000 people had put their names on the petition within days of its launch in Hunan on Thursday and many more posted messages of support on the internet. It is the second self-organised public campaign against spiralling housing costs on the mainland in the past 12 months and highlights growing public resentment as well as the government's failure to rein in runaway property prices. The latest campaign was organised by a small group of people in Hunan's capital, Changsha . Zhou Wenjian , a key member of the movement, said similar campaigns would be organised in 19 other large cities. They also plan to start an online signature campaign to rally more support and then submit the signatures to National People's Congress deputies at their annual meeting in Beijing in March. 'There is no doubt that housing prices are too expensive. Such high prices are not good for China's economy and have brought a great burden to the public - especially to young people,' said Mr Zhou, a businessman who heads a Changsha pharmaceutical company. Campaign organisers had not received any pressure from the local authorities and he believed the movement 'could help the government solve the problem'. The campaign has generated a flurry of support both in Changsha and other parts of the country. Many people from Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shenzhen posted messages on the internet calling for the public to support it. Zhao Zhiqiang , a veteran campaigner for cheap public housing in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, said the enthusiasm for the signature campaign highlighted the widespread concern over soaring property prices. The signature campaign echoes an online petition organised by Shenzhen businessman Zou Tao last April in which he called for a three-year boycott of commercial housing projects to help bring down property prices. That petition collected thousands of signatures and attracted wide media coverage at home and abroad. The central government subsequently released a series of measures to cool the market. But despite the efforts, property prices in large cities continued to surge. Mr Zou, who has been under tremendous pressure from Shenzhen authorities since launching his petition, warned that runaway housing costs could lead to social unrest. 'The signature campaign [in Changsha] shows that it is not just me or a few people who are complaining. It has become a main source of public resentment and could lead to unrest if [the government] doesn't come up with the right solution soon,' he said.