Georgian president, parliament speaker, defence minister, Tbilisi mayor and other local authorities gathered in the centre of Tbilisi to carry a 200 metres Lithuanian flag, brought from Lithuania for the occasion, agenda.ge reports.

"As the saying goes, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots," President Giorgi Margvelashvili said at the event.

Jonas Paslauskas, Lithuania's Ambassador to Georgia, said that the night of 13 January, 1991 was particularly tragic to Lithuania, but, at the same time, people felt proud of their heroes who fought for independence. Lithuania's ambassador also thanked Georgians for their support.

In January 1991, the military of the USSR used deadly force outside the Press Palace, the TV Tower, the Lithuanian Radio and Television building in Vilnius. 14 civilians were killed, 32 sustained grave injuries and more than 1,000 were wounded.