unrest in Calabar

Since 2008 and with the approach of the World Cup, the governments of several states implemented pacifying police units in the slums of large cities in the attempt at reducing crime. The first base in Bahia was installed in 2011 in Calabar favela in Salvador. However, the police presence is controversy with frequent abuse of authority as alleged "curfews". In May 2012, residents rioted after the suspension of a traditional festival progress by local authorities with support from the police.