On Friday, authorities said that Rasmus Paludan, known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric in Denmark, had been banned by Sweden for two years.
“We suspect that he was going to break the law in Sweden,” Calle Persson, spokesman for the police in Malmo told AFP.
“There was also a risk that his behaviour… would pose a threat to society,” he added.
Paludan was scheduled to visit Malmö on Friday to attend an anti-Muslim rally, where he asked people to burn the Islamic Quran. Friday is the Muslim Sabbath, and people gather in the mosque for weekly prayers.
Paludan was arrested near Malmö.
However, local media reported that Paludan’s supporters held a rally and burned the Quran. The three were arrested for inciting racial hatred.
Paludan posted a harsh message on Facebook.
“Sent back and banned from Sweden for two years. However, rapists and murderers are always welcome!” he wrote.
Paludan’s lawyer burned a piece of the Qur’an surrounded by bacon last year.