Chilling moment Albanian rapper who lives in UK smashes a TV screen showing Suella Braverman speaking about illegal immigration and boasts about wads of cash in music video named after character from the crime thriller film Taken
- OG Merks, real name Bledar Ramaj, of London, mocks Home Secretary’s speech
- Ramaj shouts to ‘turn up the volume’ in Albanian during speech then kicks TV
- Title ‘Marco From Tropoja’ references name of Albanian gang leader in Taken
A UK-based Albanian rapper has mocked the Government’s clampdown on Channel crossings in a music video by kicking a TV screen showing Suella Braverman.
London-based artist OG Merks, real name Bledar Ramaj, mocks a speech by the Home Secretary during the clip on YouTube for his song ‘Marco From Tropoja’.
Ramaj, 34, can be seen in the video with others, some of whom are wearing masks to cover their face, in a room where the Albanian national flag is hanging up.
The rapper puts a wad of cash through a counting machine, while Ms Braverman’s speech about the ‘surge’ of Albanians ‘abusing modern slavery laws’ can be heard.
Ramaj then shouts to ‘turn up the volume’ in Albanian before walking over to the television, then aggressively kicking it and throwing it onto a table.
Suella Braverman’s speech to Parliament about the ‘surge’ of Albanians is played on the TV
The song’s title references the name of an Albanian gang leader in the 2008 Liam Neeson film ‘Taken’ about a kidnapped girl, and the area where the character is from.
Ramaj has not enjoyed mainstream success in the UK charts, but he has more than 4,500 monthly listeners on Spotify, and nearly 3,000 YouTube subscribers.
OG Merks also once featured on the BBC Asian Network, when he rapped for ‘Hype On The Mic’ hosted by DJ Limelight and Kan D Man in November 2018.
But he has been criticised by the charity Shpresa Programme, which promotes the participation of Albanian-speaking refugees and migrants in the UK.
The rapper walks over to the television, then aggressively kicks it and throws it onto a table
The TV is destroyed in the clip on YouTube for the rapper’s song ‘Marco From Tropoja’
A spokesman for the London-based group told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Rappers like him are a problem in our community.
‘They are giving a bad example to young people in the Albanian community. They are a bad example to other young people in Albania who want to get to the UK.’
Last month, Ms Braverman met with Albanian interior minister Bledar Cuci in London, and a UK government source said Mr Cuci indicated his countrymen were ‘gaming the system’.
The high-level meeting heard there was a rolling effort by Albanian nationals to exploit immigration laws in European countries – with Britain currently a prime focus.
The rapper is also seen putting a thick wad of banknotes through a counting machine
OG Merks has 4,500 monthly listeners on Spotify, and nearly 3,000 YouTube subscribers
Almost 13,000 Albanian nationals crossed the Channel by small boat last year, up from just 800 in the previous 12 months.
Numbers dropped off from the autumn but Home Office officials have warned they expect another surge in Albanian arrivals this spring.
Many lodge claims in Britain’s asylum system or under ‘modern slavery’ rules.
Figures published earlier this month showed modern slavery claims reached a record high last year, boosted by a steep rise in Albanian applications.
Of 16,938 modern slavery claims lodged in 2022, 4,613 were made by Albanian nationals, up 84 per cent year-on-year, Home Office data showed.
OG Merks once featured on the BBC Asian Network on ‘Hype On The Mic’ in November 2018
The title ‘Marco From Tropoja’ references the name of an Albanian gang leader in the 2008 Liam Neeson film ‘Taken’ about a kidnapped girl, and the area where the character is from
Last November senior officials from ‘Britain’s FBI’ warned that Albanian criminals are committing ‘blatant manipulation’ of modern slavery laws.
The National Crime Agency said Albanian organised crime groups are bringing workers into Britain by small boat to work in the drugs trade, and coaching them on how to exploit modern slavery laws if they are arrested.
Mr Sunak signed a joint communique with Albanian PM Edi Rama in December setting out how they will fight illegal migration.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for OG Merks for comment today.
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