Having gone around to all of the dangerous points, I was sure that every place was filled with people determined to defend the key objects of Lithuania from the attackers. I stayed by the Council of Ministers because there were the fewest people there. A little after 2 a.m., even the statue of Lenin shook from a violent crash. Searchlights cut through the sky. You could hear horrible shooting. At 3 o'clock, a lot of people came running from the television tower and told us that tanks were coming in our direction too. The people who had run over from the tower said that the murderers were shooting real bullets and were firing series of gun shots at people's feet, while some were just shooting randomly. Regardless of those terrible stories, the people didn't withdraw - they continued to stand by the Council of Ministers. They just held hands tighter. During that hour of danger, I felt that the people who were standing with me that night would never betray Lithuania's freedom. All of them became so close to me.

Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 217.