When the sirens sounded on the 12th of January, I was standing by the left door of the TV tower, where I had also stood on the night of January 10th. I saw people running. Tanks appeared at about 2 o'clock at night, and they were met by thousands of people. The tanks stopped. The first shot was heard. Though it was pretty far from the door we were protecting, you could feel a powerful blow and the smell of bitter smoke. After six shots, the column of armored vehicles retreated. I encouraged a women who was nearby that we had made it, as I had already had some experience the night before when they came into the street. Besides, there were a lot of people there. But I was wrong. The tanks made a circle, and going through the residential area, forced their way to the tower from the left side - there were the least amount of people there. When we saw the tanks again, some people began to urge us to leave this area and run to block the way, but others suggested that we stay there. When the tanks encircled the tower itself, it became clear that we, as well as many thousand of people, had been cut off from the tower... My daughter Jūratė, a 3rd year university student, was by the tower until midnight that night, and for the second half of the night she kept vigil by Parliament.
My wife spent the whole night glued to the TV screen, waiting for us. That was the most terrible night of my life. Now I can honestly say that Lithuania will overcome.
Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 128-129.