Campaigners demanding a boycott of Japanese goods scuffled with security guards yesterday at Sogo department store in Causeway Bay. The trouble erupted after two members of the 123 Democratic Alliance, Sung King-fai and Chu Cho-yan, entered the store's basement. Guards tried to force the protesters, who wore red headbands and signboards with anti-Japanese slogans, to leave. Mr Sung said: 'I'm here to buy things. Don't push me! Why are you stopping me?' A guard replied: 'You can't come in here dressed like this. This is a private area.' A shoe counter under renovation collapsed and sales staff called police. The scuffle lasted about 10 minutes. Management then escorted Mr Sung and Mr Chu as they spent $51.20 on non-Japanese distilled water, chocolates and papayas. Sogo management declined to comment, but the protesters reported an alleged assault to the police. They were sent to hospital for a medical examination. Some shoppers said they did not understand the calls for Japanese stores to be boycotted. Ambulance officer Fung Chi-kwong, 38, said his sports bag, watch, running shoes and socks were made in Japan. 'Think about all our electrical appliances at home. If we gave up Japanese products, our life would be adversely affected,' he said. But Chan Yu-hong, 31, said he had stopped using Japanese goods. 'I buy other goods whenever there's a choice like choosing Kodak film instead of Fuji. And no Japanese clothing and food,' he said.