Park Yong-jin (Korean: 박용진; Hanja: 朴用鎭; born 17 April 1971) is a South Korean labor activist and politician in the liberal Minjoo Party of Korea. He was elected member of the National Assembly for Gangbuk, Seoul, in the April 2016 parliamentary elections.
|Member of the National Assembly|
30 May 2016
|Constituency||Seoul Gangbuk B|
|Born||17 April 1971|
Jangsu, North Jeolla, South Korea
|Political party||Democratic Labor Party (2000–08)|
New Progressive Party (2008–12)
DUP → DP → NPAD → Minjoo Party of Korea (2012–present)
|Alma mater||Sungkyunkwan University|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Yongjin|
Park was a founding member of the left-wing Democratic Labor Party, standing unsuccessfully as a parliamentary candidate in the Gyeongbuk B constituency in 2000 and serving as the party's spokesman from 2004. He stayed with the DLP from its establishment in 2000 until 2008, when the party's pro–labor rights People's Democracy faction parted ways with the nationalist National Liberty faction. Park followed the PD group to the splinter New Progressive Party. He stood for the Assembly again as an NPP candidate in Gangbuk B in the parliamentary election that year, but was defeated a second time, garnering 11.8 percent of the vote.
In 2012, Park changed his affiliation again to the main liberal Democratic United Party. He became head of public relations for the Democratic Party—as the DUP renamed itself—in 2014, but resigned following the 2014 by-elections, 30 days after assuming the office. He won Gangbuk B for the Minjoo Party, the Democratic Party's successor, in the 2016 elections. He will enter the National Assembly on 30 May 2016.
A labor advocate, Park has been imprisoned multiple times for his activism. He spent several months in prison after taking part in a sympathy strike with railway workers in 1994, and was imprisoned again after participating in protests against employee cutbacks at Daewoo in 2001. He was eventually released in April 2003 after over two years in detention.
- "박용진(더불어민주당 강북구(을) 선거구 예비후보자)". Dongbuk Ilbo (in Korean). 14 March 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- ""민노당 신발에 날개 달겠다"". Hankyoreh 21 (in Korean). 15 July 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Progressives launch new party". The Hankyoreh. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- Park, Yong-jin (29 November 2011). "박용진은" (in Korean). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "박용진 새정치연합 홍보위원장 사임". The Dong-A Ilbo (in Korean). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "서울 강북을 더민주 박용진". Focus News (in Korean). 14 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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