The El-Ghazl factory in Mahalla is Egypt's largest textile company with more than 20,000 workers. It is a microcosm of Egyptian society.
The factory has a reputation as a catalyst for protest. In 2008, factory workers took to the streets demanding better working conditions.
In January 2011, workers there were among the first to protest - prompting the mass protests that in turn developed into a revolution and led to the departure of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president.
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