The relevance of the lawyers role in these protests is that they recognize the importance of the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law is what allows us, as Americans, to conduct business. The Rule of Law is what ensures that owners will pay contractors and that contractors will pay suppliers. The Rule of Law is what ensures that contractors will work on safe job sites. The Rule of Law is what ensures that suppliers will provide the mixes they are supposed to provide.
In Pakistan, the Rule of Law no longer exists and anarchy is just a stone's throw away.
While the protestors in Pakistan have encountered is resistance to the military including widespread arrests and injuries, they have not given up their protests of the abolition of the Constitution in Pakistan. They recognize that the Rule of Law is what holds the society together and allows it to function.
How do protesting lawyers and a tyrannical dictator effect the concrete industry in America? The answer is that they probably do not. However, it should serve as a reminder to every citizen of the importance of our Rule of Law. While it is easy to place the blame for societal ills upon those who work within the system, it is also the system itself (and those who work within it) that allows the American economy to thrive. Lawyers are the cogs in the wheel that is the Rule of Law and without lawyers, any businessman, be it the owner, contractor or supplier, would see his business crumble if not for good and competent lawyers.
The next time you are involved in a disagreement on a job site, step back and be thankful that we live in a society where you have the ability to decide to disagree and the ability to protect your position. Then, think of those in Pakistan who do not have those abilities.