Belarus’s president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, has announced he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. Al Jazeera reports that the decision by President Alexander Lukashenko, who  faces increasing criticism from the United States and the European Union, underlined his repeated claim that the wave of protests is driven by the West. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in the disputed presidential election, said earlier the same day that activists are compiling a list of law enforcement officers who were allegedly involved in violence against protesters.