Dissidents were quoted as saying that the firing was not only a violation of human rights and of the Syrian constitution, but also "new proof that the authorities consider employment a grant, and not a right, and here they are fighting activists in their and their children'ts livelihood to push them to refrain from having their say on a particular issue or from signing a declaration or asking for the release of detainees." (Arabic. Elaph, 6/25/06).
Others added that by firing the employees for expressing their views, the authorities indicate that they want "mouths that do not speak or utter a word. If they do, then they would not eat, and they would be denied work and their families' livelihoods. It is also pressure on the opposition and the terrorizing and repression of society."
The Kurdish Yekiti party said that the campaign could be the beginning of a campaign that would continue in order to "purge" the Syrian political scene.
Similarly, the temporary committee of the Damascus Declaration had issued a statement about two weeks ago (6/10) declaring that the aim of the regime was to "strike the opposition forces working for national democratic change, and to paralyze its ability to move or act." (Arabic. ME Transparent, 6/12/06).
The statement took a stand against compromising with the regime on the issue of political detentions, and expressed solidarity with the detained signatories of the Beirut-Damascus Declaration and all political prisoners.