Myanmar's military prepares for Armed Forces Day

Myanmar's military appears to be taking a carrot-and-stick approach ahead of its Armed Forces Day ceremony on Saturday, as it steps up its crackdown on civilians while releasing hundreds of protesters.

Local media say security forces burst into a home in the second-largest city of Mandalay on Tuesday and opened fire. A 7-year-old girl died.

A local human rights group says at least 275 people had been killed in connection with the crackdowns as of Wednesday.

State-run television reported on a large-scale rehearsal that took place in Naypyitaw ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Meanwhile, a court hearing for Aung San Suu Kyi, scheduled for Wednesday, has suddenly been postponed.

More than 600 anti-coup demonstrators were reportedly released the same day.

Protesters refrained from taking to the streets and instead expressed their opposition to the military by staying home, effectively staging a strike.

While the military prepares for its Armed Forces Day celebration, many of the representatives of countries invited to the event are not likely to attend.