On the night of January 12th I went to the RTV building. At about 1:40 or 1:50, an ominous shot rang out somewhere in the distance. The people got worried and began to rally by the old building and by the entrance of the TV studio. After a few minutes we heard the roar of trucks, and soon the first armored vehicles appeared and drove by the RTV building without stopping. People whistled at them and chanted “Lithuania!" Soon more and more armored vehicles began to rush in from Žemaitijos Street. Tanks and trucks marked “Liudi" (“People") also appeared. Paratroopers began to get out of the covered trucks and armored vehicles. People clutched their hands together, and the paratroopers kept coming and coming.

Lining the soldiers up in front of the crowd, the officers fired at the windows of the RTV building. Then some of the soldiers attacked the people with rubber sticks, while others fired blanks to scare them. A tank shot thundered and the windows of a nearby house and of the cars parked in the street shattered. After this “artillery preparation", the paratroopers attacked the people, beating them with the butts of their guns. Soldiers forced their way to the wall and managed to reach the stairs, but they couldn't get to the door because there were enough people there... Then they chose an easier way - they climbed onto the railing, and then one after another, they helped each other climb through the second floor windows. Then the door of the building was opened too. During the struggle I was hit with the butt of a gun. Raising my left elbow, I escaped getting hit on the head. Having taken over the building, the paratroopers forced the rest of the people to the other side of the street, cursing and waving their guns. We were the only observers left. I saw men and women with bloody faces, but they weren't scared. They stood there and didn't withdraw. One boy showed exceptional courage. He climbed over a tank and threw a smoking explosive at a vehicle that several soldiers were standing by. One soldier kicked the explosive at the crowd of people. Another soldier jumped forward and threw another explosive at the boy's feet. It exploded and the boy rolled head over heels on the asphalt. People surrounded him.

Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 176-177.