A prominent Thai human rights lawyer and pro-democracy protest leader has been freed after more than 200 days in custody, with a Bangkok court granting bail Monday. Youth-led rallies in 2020 demanding Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s resignation and reforms to Thailand’s monarchy drew tens of thousands of people at their peak. But the movement lost steam last year as authorities detained several leaders and coronavirus infections surged. Nearly 160 activists including 13 juveniles have been hit with criminal charges under Thailand’s harsh royal defamation laws, which carry a jail sentence of up to 15 years per charge. Rights lawyer Anon Numpa, 37, who is facing 14 lese majeste charges, was freed on Monday night after a Bangkok court granted bail. A crowd of well-wishers were on hand to greet him as he walked out of Bangkok Remand Prison wearing a white shirt, black slacks and his trademark spectacles. “As long as the country is not democratic, prisons will be home for activists,” he told reporters outside the jail. He said he would respect the court’s bail conditions but did not rule out delivering speeches at future rallies. Supporters chanted his name and carried signs that said: “Release our friends”.