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‘Last Call’ Law Clears Dominican Streets

A young crowd plays dominoes and throws back rum under the palm trees of a colonial square. As the clock ticks past 2 a.m., a police jeep arrives. “We remind you,” says a voice crackling through a megaphone, “public establishments have been closed and drinking in the park is not allowed.” Two dozen young people straggle away from the square. Three months ago, the party probably would have lasted until sunrise. They take “last call” seriously in the Dominican Republic these days. Since the government imposed a new law in July to combat crime, all bars, liquor stores and nightclubs must close at midnight on weekdays and at 2 a.m on weekends. The rule is enforced by armed soldiers and police. Full Story

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