At about 8 p.m. on January 12, an acquaintance of mine from Zarasai informed me that people had seen a column of buses loaded with paratroopers in civilian clothes coming from Daugpilis via Turmantas and Zarasai. She added the mission of these paratroopers was to capture the TV tower. When I phoned the Security Department, they said that they already knew.

At about 2 a.m. I heard the roar of engines and saw tanks. I threw on my c and ran to the tower. Soldiers pushed their way through with their guns. The soldiers who had broken into the tower through the door seemed not shooting at people. The whole time we could hear gun shots behind us pushed us away from the tower. Later they had to push us behind the fence. The searchlights were right in our eyes. The tanks moved forward and stopped to protect the soldiers. I saw them shoot a guy who yelled: “Fascists!" I hurried down to the ambulance and helped lift the wounded person. Under the medic’s smock I noticed high boots. He was pretty rough with the wounded. I had suspicion that he wasn't actually a medic.

Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 223.