The teenager named as Benjamin Clark was arrested in London after the statue to commemorate Sir Winston Churchill was sprayed with yellow paint.
The 18 year old from Hertford is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9th October charged with criminal damage.
The crime happened during the 10 days of protests in the summer around Whitehall and Parliament square.
680 people were arrested in connection with the 10 days of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protests in London which aimed to pull down statues of white leaders such as Sir Churchill.
Metropolitan Police Commander Jane Connors described the protests as a “significant challenge” during a “public health crisis”.
She said: “The public have a right to protest, but they do not have a right to cause disruption to the communities and businesses across London. That is why we took swift action to make a number of arrests.
“This has been a large policing operation and we will continue to investigate those who we suspect to have committed offences, so the number of arrests is likely to rise.”
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