Saudi Aramco Under Fire for Using Migrant Worker as Human 'Hand Sanitizer'

Saudi Aramco said on its Arabic Twitter account Wednesday that it has taken action to stop and prevent this 'abusive behavior'

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Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at the oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019
Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at the oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
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Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's oil and gas producer, says it has taken action to stop what it described as "abusive behavior" in one of its office buildings after images shared on social media showed a migrant worker wearing a hand sanitizing dispenser for employees to use.

The worker was shown looking downcast, even humiliated, and wearing a blue surgical mask and a large white-shaped box with the words "Hand Sanitizer" in the middle and a dispenser underneath. White men in suits are seen approaching him for sanitizer.

Aramco said on its Arabic Twitter account Wednesday that it has taken action to stop and prevent this. The company said this effort at sterilization was taken without its approval.

Social media users in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf blasted the images as racist.

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