A peaceful group of protesters turned against police after hooligans joined in. Snowballs being thrown at police soon became rocks, bottles, and fireworks. Police responded with tear gas and shooting rubber bullets into the crowd.
The protesters had gathered to speak out against an ill-conceived plan to raise taxes to avert further economic crisis. Arturas Zuokas, Mayor of Vilnius and a member of the majority party, insists that the decision was strange and made in haste.
One young protestor stated "...I think this is shit– our parliament works bad– people are without work... We have to pay for cars, but we have no money. I don’t think the police should have acted like this, because we haven’t done anything.”