It happened: Priti Patel pays homage to “man of the people” Sir David Amess

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The murder of MP Sir David Amess has highlighted a security dilemma for politicians around the world.

Some international BBC correspondents explain the situation in other countries.

BBC South America correspondent Katy Watson says that being an open and accessible representative of the people in Brazil’s big cities – Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro – where wealth and inequality are polarized, politicians are more likely to be flanked by bodyguards.

Brazil is deeply divided politically and President Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed during his leadership campaign.

Being an MP in India – the world’s largest democracy – comes with many privileges, an element of security is part of it, writes Vikas Pandey in Delhi.

In recent years, attacks on politicians have taken the form of inkblots and slaps.

But a number of politicians, including former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, have lost their lives in violent attacks.

In the Netherlands, Dutch lawmakers do not organize surgeries and only a few Dutch politicians, including anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders, enjoy protection.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, pictured below, was seen cycling to the meetings.

Read the full story about the struggle politicians face to meet the public and stay safe.

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