Mr. Lugo said he intends to plead his case on the international stage at this week’s Mercosur summit of South American nations in Argentina. He said he regards the impeachment trial that removed him an institutional coup.
Meanwhile, the man who replaced Mr. Lugo rejected a Mercosur resolution suspending Paraguay and preventing his new government from participating at the gathering.
Federico Franco’s foreign minister said early Monday that Paraguay has not been removed from the regional trade bloc, just suspended from one meeting.
Workers search for victims of roof collapse at mall
ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario — Rescuers worked Monday to stabilize the structure of a shopping mall in order to send in teams following a roof collapse that left at least one person feared dead and another trapped inside the rubble, officials said Monday.
Elliott Lake Mayor Rick Hamilton said workers were still removing the debris. Officials were using two cranes in the stabilization efforts, more than 40 hours after the collapse occurred.
Workers were unable to reach anyone Sunday because the structure was too unstable.
“Nobody has given me an indication on when it’s too late,” Mr. Hamilton said. “We’re working under the premise that it is a rescue. They are going to work as diligently as they can and as carefully as they can.”
Police compiled a list of nine people missing since the collapse Saturday, but the names were being crossed off as members of the community accounted for their loved ones.
Hundreds protest plan to destroy slum
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Hundreds marched in the suburbs of Haiti’s capital Monday to protest a government plan to destroy their shantytown homes on the side of a hill.
The protesters snaked through the gridlike streets of Petionville as they chanted threats to burn down the relatively affluent city if authorities flatten their nearby homes.
An official with the Ministry of Environment said on local radio last week that the government wants to tear down several hundred homes surrounding Petionville because it needs to install channels to curb flooding.