... There was one more row of people arm in arm behind us, mostly made up of women. Tanks surrounded us from the left and the right. One of them stopped right in front of us. The tanks' searchlights were shining all around. People were chanting: “Lithuania! Lithuania!" A paratrooper who was quite visible was firing short series of gun shots at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Then it got light for a second, either from a tank or from an explosive. Four or five people were lying on the ground where the paratrooper had been shooting. One of them had fallen on top of another one. I was horrified. A mother was rushing through the square, covering her 10-year old boy's head with her arms. A group of men carried away a wounded person. People were running. Some people fell down, and others stumbled over them. You had to marvel at the people's solidarity and their efforts to help one another.

Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 229.