... I had a good view of the tanks as they drove up to the people and, without any kind of command, without any words, aimed their barrels at the windows. With a terrible crash, windows started falling on the heads of the people. Nonetheless, we chanted: “Lithuania, Lithuania!" After that there was another deafening shot and a series of gun-fire. We moved away from the windows, and smoke began to pour out. I watched as paratroopers beat the unarmed, innocent people with their gun butts. We moved further back because we realized that with our bare hands we were helpless before these brutes. We saw ambulances taking the wounded and dead.
Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 132.