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Tipsy's Bar & Grill, a bar in Cap-Haitien that the city closed on Jan. 5, 2024 due to rampant violence in and near it. Photo by Onz Chery for Go West Now

CAP-HAITIEN — At Tipsy's Bar & Grill last week, a woman in a shimmering pink outfit pulled a wedding ring out of a box and presented it to her girlfriend, drawing cheers and peals of excitement from onlookers excited about the apparent marriage proposal. A mere 24 hours later, the bar was shut down, on the order of Cap-Haitien City Attorney Charles Edouard Durand.

Durand has refuted assumptions linking the closure of Tipsy’s to the same-sex marriage proposal. He attributed the closure to reported instances of criminal incidents at the establishment and public complaints about disturbances on the streets.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.