We had just gotten to the tower where the stairs by the administrative block that face the main street are, when we heard tanks rolling in from Cosmonaut Prospect. One of the young guys standing near me was holding a candle in a glass jar. He said: „Well, it's 1:30, and the tanks are already coming." They stopped below where the road was blocked by parked trucks. There was a short pause, and after 3 or 5 minutes a terrible tank shot rang out. Then there was a second, third, fourth... They shot like that for 10 or 15 minutes. Below, lit up by searchlights, you could see where there were a lot of soldiers without tanks. They were probably getting ready to attack.
At about 1:50, two girls came running over and announced that paratroopers were crushing people with tanks and firing real cartridges. A few seconds later a crowd of people who had been defending the tower poured down the hill. They were carrying wounded people and shouting for an ambulance. They brought over the first wounded person - he had no signs of life and was bleeding profusely.
It seemed senseless to stay by the tower any longer. I rushed to Parliament. In the square by Parliament I talked with a man who had been defending the tower. He told me that a tank drove straight at them without stopping, and he had nearly been crushed. He had been right by the tower, so he had seen how the paratroopers were hitting the arms of people who were carrying the wounded to ambulances and how they had wanted to take them.
Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 213.