Version of television news report on Jan. 13 army violence in Vilnius, Lithuania, as prepared by anchor Tatyana Miklova prior to censorship:

"The representative of the Committee for National Salvation of Lithuania {a pro-Moscow Communist group} told Tass that the committee had approached the Soviet Interior Ministry and the commander of the Vilnius garrison with a request for help in restoring control over television and radio. . . .

"This morning, {Lithuanian President} Vytautas Landsbergis called on the population to begin a general political strike on Jan. 14. Tens of thousands of people have gathered in front of the Supreme Soviet {parliament} building on Independence Square, despite the imposition of a curfew, in order to listen to broadcast transmissions from the Lithuanian parliament.

"Tass reported a radio speech by Vytautas Landsbergis, in which he expressed dismay at the fact that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev had promised not to use military force against sovereign Lithuania but -- according to Landsbergis -- did not keep his word. {Landsbergis} did not confirm that the first shots fired at the republic's television station were not from soldiers, but from defenders.

"Kaunas radio announced that Lithuanian Foreign Minister Saudargas, who is at present in Poland, had been authorized to form a government in exile. . . . "

Censored version as prepared by the deputy chief of Soviet television and read on the air:

"According to the information we have received, the Committee of National Salvation representing social organizations in Lithuania sent 80 representatives to the Lithuanian parliament and government to discuss the extremely tense situation in Lithuania. However, the delegates were not only not received by the parliament, they were beaten by representatives of the Lithuanian parliament armed with heavy metal objects. Twenty-eight people were wounded and admitted to hospitals. The fate of 20 of them is not known.

"The representatives of the National Salvation Committee then went to the television station, which has recently called for resistance to orders by central authorities and broadcast calls for war against the Soviet Union. At the television station, the representatives of public organizations of Lithuania were greeted in a very hostile manner.

"Dozens of armed persons representing {the Lithuanian independence movement} Sajudis were sent against them. In these conditions, it became impossible to act through appeals and arguments because thousands of people fooled by separatist propaganda of Sajudis were ready for extreme action. The situation was becoming so tense that people who came to the TV center had to turn for help to military units present there."

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