CAIRO (AP) — Criticism of Egypt's military rulers is mounting as clashes between police and protesters continue for a fifth day.
A rights group says at least 38 people have died in the longest spate of uninterrupted violence since the 18-day uprising in February that toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime.
The violence continues despite a promise by the head of the ruling military council to move up a presidential election to the first half of next year. That concession was swiftly rejected by tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, who are demanding the generals give up power immediately.
Germany, one of Egypt's top trading partners, is calling for a quick transfer of power to a civilian government.
The United States and the U.N. secretary general have expressed concern over the use of violence against mostly peaceful protesters.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says some of the images coming out of Tahrir Square are "deeply shocking." She called for a prompt, impartial and independent investigation.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)