Although both of these two men burned themselves there is a lot deeper meaning to it all. Both of the two men strongly disagreed with how there country was being run. The Monk was about the religion, while the Tunisian was about rights. One of the ironic things about the two is both of them were looked on strongly by their country, and effectively. The monks main help was on how his heart didn't burn in two burning, and the Tunisian on how he didn't die on the spot as well as the revolution it caused. These two men did something very dangerous, yet effective.
"Ring around the rosy,
a pocket full of posy,
ashes, ashes we all fall down."
Meaning: Ring around the rosy... circle a fire (the people bowing for the monk, and the crowd the Tunisian attracted) pocket full of posy... a bouquet of flowers (the mom of the Tunisian grieving, and the flowers of the cremation of the monk) ashes, ashes we all fall down... the two men burning for the people.