Burmese special police and Shwedagon pagoda officials have reportedly given up on repeated attempts to harass the group of Tuesday prayer campaigners.

Every Tuesday a group of between 10 and 30 activists and politicians go to the famous pagoda to pray for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

For several weeks, activists wearing t-shirts bearing the image of Independence hero and father of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi general Aung San have been barred from Shwedagon pagoda and some activists have been doused with dirty water or bashed.

But this week, the activists, some of whom again wore general Aung San t-shirts, were allowed to pray uninterrupted, sparking speculation that pagoda officials and the special police had given up on attempts to deter the group.

“There were more than 30 people. Ko Tun Tun . . . wore a t-shirt bearing the image of general Aung San. We wore the badges bearing the image of the general. Even so, they didn’t harass us but allowed us to worship at the pagoda,” activist Naw Ohn Hla said.

“They confiscated some letters. They searched some bags at the pagoda. But they refrained from the rest. It went to pass peacefully,” she said.