About 125 Lithuanian Americans protested Soviet actions in the Baltic state yesterday and called on President Bush to strongly condemn the use of force against Lithuania's 10-month-old independence movement.

In a demonstration outside the Soviet Embassy on 16th Street NW, the protesters said they were disappointed with Bush's decision not to speak out against the Soviet show of force.

Hours after the demonstration, news reports told of a major escalation in Soviet use of force. At least five people apparently were killed when Soviet army troops stormed a television tower in Vilnius.

"We are not asking the U.S. to go to war for Lithuania, the Baltic states," said Antanas Dundzila, of McLean, a spokesman for the Lithuanian-American Community Inc., which organized the demonstration. "However, a clear moral position would be useful and enhance the president's message when he talks about atrocities.

"Kuwait has been occupied for five months, the Baltic states have been occupied for 50 years. {Bush} is playing patsy with {Soviet President Mikhail} Gorbachev. He's selling out Lithuania."

The White House has criticized the sending of additional Soviet troops to the Baltic states as "provocative and counterproductive." But in a telephone conversation with Gorbachev on Friday, the day troops fired live ammunition to quell protests and seized several buildings in Vilnius, the president said there was not a "great discussion" of Lithuanian events.

Brown University student Antanas Vainius, 18, who came to the demonstration from Philadelphia, said a relative in Lithuania on Friday told him that several people have disappeared.

"I would be more apt to go fight in Lithuania than to fight in Kuwait, because {of} the ideal of freedom," Vainius said.

For more than an hour, the protesters waved signs and the yellow, green and red Lithuanian flag, sang and chanted outside the embassy and booed anyone entering it. Three representatives delivered letters from Sen. Alan J. Dixon (D-Ill.) and from the organization condemning the use of force in Lithuania. They also asked for an appointment tomorrow with Soviet Ambassador Alexander Bessmertnykh. An embassy spokesman said he would forward the letters and the request.

Asta C. Banionis, director of government affairs for the Lithuanian-American Community, said the letters attempted to "appeal to {the Soviets'} conscience to stop the aggression against the people of Lithuania."

"We want them to stop the bloodshed," she said. "We are appealing to their good."