Ten people were arrested in Panama last week for killing seven indigenous people and holding fourteen more prisoner.
Those arrested are fanatical Christians in a small sect called "The New Light of God." They took members of the local Ngabé Buglé tribe. The seven who were killed included six children and one adult.
Authorities were alerted when three villagers managed to escape and get to a hospital. While police were expecting something bad, what they found at the ranch where the sect's church was erected shocked them.
Local prosecutor Rafael Baloyes described the situation in detail. “They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, being mistreated,” he said.
“All of these rites were aimed at killing them, if they did not repent their sins,” he said. “There was a naked person, a woman” inside the building, where investigators found machetes, knives and a ritually sacrificed goat.
The victims who were found in a fresh grave about a mile from the property were tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent their sins.”
The fourteen surviving victims who were freed by authorities had been tied up and beaten with sticks and Bibles.
According to Baloyes, the sect has been in the area for a few months, but did not start attacking the local indigenous people until Saturday.
“One of them said God had given them a message,” Baloyes said. “That message apparently boiled down to making everyone repent or die.”
Once again, as has happened many times in the past, "Christian love" proves to be horrifying and deadly. These fanatics were beating people with Bibles and hacking up children with machetes, all in the name of their faith.