Brazil’s prosecutor-general has presented its first charges against some of the thousands of people accused of storming government buildings

in an effort to overturn the results of the October election, which former President Jair Bolsonaro lost.

The prosecutors in the recently formed group to combat anti-democratic acts also requested that the 39 defendants accused of ransacking Congress

be imprisoned as a preventive measure, and that 40 million reais ($7.7m) of their assets be frozen to help cover damages.

The defendants have been charged with armed criminal association, violent attempt to subvert the democratic state of law,

staging a coup and damage to public property, the prosecutor general’s office said in a written statement. Their identities have not yet been released.

More than 1,000 people were arrested on the day of the January 8 riot, which bore strong similarities to the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Congress