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[4 December 2013] The BBC has secretly filmed inside Tibet, reporting on the current situation facing Tibetans. The 3-minute video includes interviews with several Tibetans who talk of discrimination and the fear of arrest. The report concludes that "Tibetans fear their culture is being eroded, their voices silenced" whilst China refuses to address their grievances.

Warning: Video includes a five-second clip of a self-immolation at 1:17

Damian Grammaticas, BBC's China correspondent, filmed in secret inside Tibet, evading  the Chinese governments ban on foreign journalists from entering and reporting from Tibet. The report aired on BBC's main news programme on BBC1 at 10pm on 2 December. The video is now accompanied on BBC's website by an extended text report.

In his report, Grammaticas says, "China has been tightening its hold [on Tibet], not just on the monasteries, but all aspects of Tibetan life and culture." He says many Tibetans are nervous and declined to be interviewed, aware of surveillance by the Chinese government.

The report centres on the self-immolation protests, which China claims "are incited, even paid by the Dalai Lama". A brother of a deceased self-immolator says the mere suggestion of receiving money from the Dalai Lama to self-immolate is insulting. He adds that Tibetans are frustrated.

"I often feel as a Tibetan I am inferior," he says. "I feel very bad about this. Tibetans who go to the cities to find work are seen as darker and dirtier than other people; we're often discriminated against. I do think I am treated differently."

A Tibetan woman said there had been crackdowns following self-immolations at a nearby monastery. "We feel under pressure. There have been arrests. Police came and detained people," she said. "Families don't even know where their relatives have been taken."

Grammiticas concludes his report saying, "What's not being addressed are the grievances here. Tibetans fear that they are being marginalised, their culture eroded, their voices silenced, while the rest of the world looks away."

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