“The United States stands with the Sudanese people in their peaceful struggle for democracy,” Blinken added on his Twitter account.
Blinken’s tweet came ahead of expected protests in Sudan, scheduled for Saturday, against the recent measures taken by the army when it ousted civilians from the transitional government.
Thousands of Sudanese have already demonstrated in the streets last week to protest the overthrow of the government of Abdullah Hamdok, in a move that prompted Western countries to freeze hundreds of millions of aid.
With at least 11 protesters killed in clashes with security forces last week, there are fears that Saturday’s protests could turn violent.
An activist who gave his name as “Mohammed” told Reuters: “The army should return to its barracks and give leadership to Hamdok. Our demand is a civil state. A democratic state. Nothing less.”
Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan says he sacked the government in order to “avoid a civil war after civilian politicians fueled hostility to the armed forces,” as he put it, stressing that he “remains committed to the democratic transition, including holding elections in July 2023.”
Hamdok was initially detained at Al-Burhan’s home, but was allowed to return to his home under guard on Tuesday.
However, a US State Department official said Hamdok remains under house arrest and is unable to resume his work.
The US official said that “what Sudan has demanded of debt relief, which amounts to tens of billions of dollars, will not happen as long as the army is trying to direct the country unilaterally.”