The farming village of Sa-iab in Phrae province has been known for its staunch anti-dam protests. A visit to the village gives one a sense of entering a quasi-autonomous area. At the entrance, strangers are regularly asked to present their identity cards and sometimes questioned, but the obvious sign is a banner warning that officials and those who support the Kaeng Sua Ten Dam _ now the Northern Yom Dam and Lower Yom Dam _ are not allowed to enter the community.
Locals in Sa-iab on the Yom River have been protesting against a dam for over two decades.
All-out vigilance has lasted for almost two decades after Sa-iab and part of Mae Yom National Park were chosen as the location for the Kaeng Sua Ten Dam. The project was initiated in 1973 and endorsed by the cabinet in 1989. The project has been put on hold for more than two decades, a result of vociferous protests by villagers and conservationists.
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