efe_epaThe Hague, Netherlands

Dutch riot police on Sunday night dispersed with water cannons a protest rally in Amsterdam held by Turkish citizens who support the President of Turkey.

The protest began in late afternoon and reached its highest intensity at around 10.45pm local time (9.45pm GMT), prompting the intervention from special riot police units that used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.

Turkish citizens on Sunday called for a protest on social networks against the Dutch veto on the visit of Ankara's two ministers to the Netherlands and intended to support Turkey's constitutional referendum, to be celebrated on Apr. 16, which aims to increase President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, who had authorized the protest, dismissed the demonstration as a result of riots and disturbances of public order.

The protesters, carrying Turkish flags and shouting slogans in favor of the Ankara government, held up traffic, blocked roads and intersections and threw firecrackers, rockets and fireworks.

Other groups also gathered at the same time in Amsterdam, but their protest, as well as that in The Hague, went on peacefully.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte urged the Turkish and Dutch people to keep cool heads in order that the clashes on Sunday night in front of the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam do not happen again.

At least 12 people were arrested in that protest, and one officer was injured when police attempted to end the rally by using water cannons and dogs.

The Dutch authorities on Saturday prohibited the landing of the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, while his cabinet colleague, Minister for Family Affairs Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was expelled from the Netherlands to Germany.