Mahalla has a sensitive political history. The industrial town was home to some of Egypt’s strongest strike actions for better conditions and wages — and against onetime president Hosni Mubarak — dating back to 2006.

Today, as Margaret Evans of CBC News found on a recent visit to the textile manufacturing centre, some are still feeling the zeal for social change.

The organizers of those pre-Tahrir Square demonstrations say last year's revolution isn't yet finished. They want more protests, despite polls suggesting many Egyptians are craving a return to normal life.