Purge of 48

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The Purge of the Year 48 was a purge of political opposition the year 48 of the Republic of Ezo, 1989 in the Gregorian Calendar, Saisei 38 in the Meidji Calendar.

The Purge was an attempt by the ruling Rational-Progressive Party to shore up its weakening base. It was initiated by First Citizen Nixicawa Çurayuqui (Nisikawa Turayuki in the romanization of the time) in response to the rise of a reformist faction of the Rational-Progressive Party, which was seen as being too "pro-Japan" by Nixicawa and other hardliners.

Among the purge's victims was Izumi Yasuhide, the present Prime Minister of Ezo.