Egypt snubs Turkish protests
People walk past a poster depicting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that has been pasted by demonstrators at Taksim Square in Istanbul - Reuters

Egypt's ruling party Muslim Brotherhood has slammed anti-government protests in Turkey as an attempt to topple the Islamic governing party in Ankara.

The brotherhood, which ousted Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak, said Turkish demonstrations were directed against an Islamic renaissance.

Scores of Muslim Brotherhood leaders have criticised anti-government protesters and voiced support for the Justice and Development Party led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mourad Aly, media adviser of the brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Egypt, told al-Masry al-Youm: "Some parties intentionally want to make it seem that what is going on in Turkey is a revolution. [Those] are exaggerated and have nothing to do with what is happening on the ground.

"What is going on in Turkey has nothing to do with daily or economic needs. It is intended to promote the idea that Islamic regimes, which have made economic achievements and proved to the world that they can strand in the face of all external challenges, have failed."

Another Islamist leader dubbed the Turkish protesters as "alcoholics" and hailed Erdogan as the ideal role model for Egyptian Islamists.

Alaa Abul-Nasr, leader of the Building and Development Party, said the latest round of protests was nothing but an "uprising of alcoholics".

The protests in Turkey were kicked off as a peace rally against Erdogan's redevelopment plans of a park. However, the demonstrations snowballed over the last week gathering momentum from anti-government sentiments.